Hi, I'm hoping some of you can help point me in the right direction RE startup grants for a new business, as I seem to have hit a bit of a brick wall RE funding. The wife and I want to bring to market a range of speciality seasonings (dry rubs & marinades) but we have struggled to find advice or availability on startup grants specific to what we want to do. We’re completely stumped on where to find start-up grants or even advice. So far, all that seems to be available are grants for software/technology/app startups (Ironic really as I have been software developer for 20+ yrs, the last 5 spent in ecommerce and app development) or those that can provide services to a gov body or create/secure jobs. I’m sure some of you are thinking.. “Why not take out a loan”. 1) We’ve not ruled it out.. But quotes from major high street lenders are jaw dropping. 2) I also think the return from a grant far exceeds finance. Most grants I've researched (that were not eligible for) also come with business mentoring and guidance, company visibility and promotion. We’re at the stage where it’s just funding stopping us from progressing. We have a business plan & forecasts etc. We’ve developed the range of products & market tested (including blind taste tests against leading market brands in which we smashed it). Secured some small prospective orders from regional artisan speciality food and beer shops. But we’ve don’t have enough funds to self-start. We did start the application for an unsecured loan via Funding circle, but we were told that we’d have to find personal guarantors to cover the loan… which confuses me somewhat.. As that doesn't seem to fit the description ‘unsecured’. Also spent a month-long game of email ping pong with a really nice guy from CrowdCube, who was really helpful looking at our pitch & financials etc.. but sadly.. was advised to get trading and come back in 18 months. All help, guidance, advice and direction pointing welcome.