Our Story

A Gunner is not just any refreshing and restorative drink, it’s one with bags of heritage and a story to tell.  Discovered in 1842 to quench the thirst of British colonials in the Far East, it was then introduced to the home nation and has gone on to be enjoyed in sports clubhouses, pubs, bars and restaurants ever since. Today it’s being rediscovered by many who simply want a long refreshing grown up non-alcoholic drink!

Timeline

1842

Sometime in the summer months, British explorers needed a Refreshing Restorative drink to quench their thirsts in the searing heat and humidity of the Sub-Continent and South East Asia!

1921

Still parched and waiting for a Gunner

1963

It's Summertime!

2015

173 years later, everyone was STILL waiting for a Gunner to be mixed by hand by the Bar tender, not good!

2016

Gunners Cocktails was formed and we created the ready to drink Gunners to quench everyone’s thirst, bravo!

2018

Time to change it up - new bottle design:

 

2019

Our new Gunners brand and Draught Solution created and installed for our customers.

2021

Our Trademarked brand and the first can - now this is Just the Ticket!

The Team

Giles Fuchs - Founder

From starting his first property focussed business at the age of 21, Giles has gone on to become a successful serial entrepreneur, continuing to bring his drive and ambition in creating effective financial and business strategies to all the businesses he is involved with.  He is also the originator of the “Fuchs Formula”, an innovative methodology for valuing serviced offices, a sector he has been highly successful within. In recent years he added the beautiful art deco Burgh Island Hotel to his portfolio, providing a beneficial insight into developing the Gunner brand.

As a keen (and very good!) golfer, entrepreneur Giles recognised a gap in the market to provide this traditional cocktail-ready mixed to golf clubs, bars, and other hospitality venues and events.

Today it is Giles’ vision for Gunners Cocktails to be seen as sponsors of sporting events around the world, such as golf, rugby, sailing, tennis, of course he would be there at EVERY event Gunner in hand!

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David Bedford BSc MRICS - Director

David Bedford is a Charted Building Surveyor, Project Manager and owner Director of Fusion Building Consultancy (Guildford) Limited, a business he created in 2003.

Fusion now operates from offices in Guildford and London providing all traditional Building Surveying services, predominantly in the commercial sector across the country. David is also a Director of the County Club in Guildford.

Giles roped David in to help create Gunner as we know it now and has been involved since day one and the original recipe creation work... of course, a Surveyor was the perfect choice!

In his spare time, David is an avid Rugby Fan (following England around the world), wine drinker, foodie, Jazz fan, theatre-goer, collector of Allessi corkscrews and loves a Gunner... and all other good things in life!

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Dannie McDonald – MD

Highly experienced, dynamic, versatile MD/CEO for over 20 years, Dannie has worked with a number of leading UK and International retail, finance and lifestyle brands providing strategy creating, growth mapping and operational excellence to maximise profits.

However, before all that she ran a popular village pub, so truly has the knowledge, experience and understanding to the value of listing the Gunner Cocktail when working with our stockists.

Today, Dannie is also a trained business coach and has worked with start-ups, emerging SME’s, multi-million T/O international companies and moribund organisations, on interim, mid-long term assignments and short-term projects.

Giles has known Dannie for years (they won’t admit how many!) asking her to join the Gunners team in early 2020.

Dannie loves champagne and most cocktails, ESPECIALLY a Gunner and works hard to support her addiction for shoes and handbags and white shirts! She enjoys a social event or outing where she can combine a Gunner and wearing the above.

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Mandy smith - marketing

For her entire career Mandy has been involved in every aspect of marketing and PR.

Prior to starting her own business in 2002 she worked at the headquarters of major blue chip organisations including Sainsbury, Prudential Holborn and leading Japanese electronics innovator OMRON Electronics followed by OMRON Healthcare.

Since going solo, all those years ago, she has continued to support and work with a wide variety of organisations helping them to find their voice in the marketplace, supporting them every step of the way, using her knowledge and expertise of all things marketing.

Mandy has seen many changes in the marketing sector over the years. Who else remembers when PR meant posting press releases and actual photos to your magazine database and when social media meant going out for lunch with your journalist contacts!

Of course, if there’s an opportunity to socialise in person then she will be there, probably with a couple of cans of Gunner Saint in her very large handbag, just in case there is an opportunity to share!!

Mandy’s business tagline has always been “who knows your business as well as you”, so whilst marketing tools and trends continually evolve, with Mandy looking after our marketing and social media we know that at the centre of our marketing plans she will ensure that everyone knows what we do!

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