Choice Business Loans Blog

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." - Benjamin Franklin.


These are our Blogs about alternative finance, SME loans and the broader business environment

Peer-To-Peer Lending With The Secret Investor

April P2P Lending Platform News Round-up

Last post: Apr 11, 2019

A flurry of emails have been sent to Peer to Peer investors in the past 2 weeks encouraging them to invest their IFISA allowance… Ratesetter report that subscriptions to their tax-free savings product have exceeded £200 million in just over 12 months… FundingSecure will introduce a minimum bid on its larger loans to increase investors’ cautiousness… CapitalRise raise £2.2 million of equity funding via the Seedrs platform.


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Reviews Of The Peer-To-Peer Lending Sites

InvestUP - The P2P Superstore

Last post: Dec 21, 2015

Diversification. That is the key to successful P2P lending but such a strategy, with funds spread across many platforms, can be extremely time consuming. The InvestUP Crowdfunding brokerage has been established to alleviate this problem by enabling investors to distribute their capital across many P2P hosts using just one account. Currently, offerings are listed from over 20 P2P sites in this online superstore of opportunities.


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Special Reports & Infographics

Most Popular Regions in the UK to Start a Business

Last post: Mar 24, 2019

An infographic that shows the most popular regions to start a business in the UK, number of births and deaths in the year of 2017.


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Relevant Issues Blog

4 Mistakes Businesses Make When Borrowing Finance

Last post: Mar 5, 2019

It can be easy for businesses to jump into taking out a loan to help finance their next project, employees or restructure, however there are many pitfalls and mistakes when borrowing finance that can damage your financial stability. What are the key mistakes businesses make when borrowing finance?


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Recent Blog posts

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    Merchant cash advances (MCAs) or business cash advances (BCAs) as they are also known, are increasingly being mentioned as a means of supporting the cash-flows of small businesses. So, in what circumstances may it be worth a business pursuing an MCA, and what could it help them to achieve?

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    Merchant cash advances (MCAs) have attracted ever-greater attention in recent times as an alternative form of business finance, and are compared especially often to traditional bank loans, to such an extent that they may sometimes be casually referred to as ‘cash advance loans’. In truth, though, an MCA is different to a loan – in terms of not only the form that it takes, but also what is required to apply for one and the business circumstances to which it is best suited.

  • Zopa increase rates for investors… LendingCrowd’s Autumn Cashback promotion is the most generous they have ever offered… AssetzCapital & Funding Circle introduce “Refer a Friend” schemes… ThinCats opt to make some loans exclusively available to their new institutional partner

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    A merchant cash advance - or MCA - is a form of alternative business finance for small firms and sole traders. Whereas traditional bank loans require borrowers to pay back a set amount of funds on set dates over time, a merchant cash advance – also known as a business cash advance – works on a rather different basis, with the amount repaid at any one time proportional to turnover. That’s because it’s a form of finance based on a company’s credit or debit card transactions.

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    A merchant cash advance is a great, safe option for small to medium-sized businesses that operate on fine profit margins - in other words, precisely the kind of business that can be especially susceptible to unexpected cash-flow problems - and need access to finance. Many businesses attempt to obtain such funding from the bank, only to have been flatly rejected. It’s a situation that many an owner of a small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) has experienced, and it may have led to considering the wide world of alternative business finance.

  • Funding Circle have formally announced their intention to list on the London Stock Exchange. The company is expected to be valued at £2 billion and hopes to raise £300 million to fund expansion into new markets… Meanwhile, in the battle of the IFISAs, Zopa has seen an in-flow of £150 million since its tax free product was launch in June 2017 while Ratesetter’s IFISA has attracted £130 million of investor’s capital in eight months.

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