Member Spotlight

One of the bonuses of Stowmarket and District Chamber membership is that you can be featured in our new monthly spotlight, where you can tell people a bit more about you and your business.

If you would like to be included please email Alison Withers or call her on 01473 743516 to arrange an interview.

G. Tydeman Jewellers - Member Spotlight May 2018

G. Tydeman Jewellers – Les Basham

Les Basham - G. Tydeman Jewellers

Our member in the spotlight for May 2018


Current businesses:

G. Tydeman Jewellers

01449 612510, 1-3 Bury Street, Stowmarket

G. Tydeman Jewellers has been serving the people of Stowmarket and the surrounding area since 1790.

The shop was founded by George Tydeman, originally as a clock-makers before moving into retail jewellery.

The shop stayed in the Tydeman family until the 1950s, when it was taken over by former employees who ran it until 1970 when the business was bought by John and Florrie Heller. John learnt his trade as a jeweller and watchmaker in London’s West End.

The business has remained in the family ever since and current MD Leslie J Basham is the son-in-law of John and Florrie, with a third generation of the family also in the company.

G. Tydeman Jewellers is a member of the National Association of Jewellers and of the Company of Master Jewellers, which gives the company access to the many UK and International suppliers enabling it to select the best in contemporary and traditional designs.

They offer a bespoke service, creating exquisite pieces customers will be able to treasure forever, as well as a full repair service for watches and jewellery.

Mr Basham believes the business owes a great deal to being an independent, family-run business that prides itself on the care it takes with its service, especially when asked to repair treasured family heirlooms.

He is equally passionate about preserving and promoting the town centre and its retailers. He says during their time in Stowmarket they have seen both footfall and catchment area increasing, partly due to the additional housing that has been built around the town.

The business has been involved with Stowmarket Chamber for many years and was involved in setting up its previous incarnation.

Sammy Teather - Member Spotlight April 2018

Sammy Teather

Sammy Teather - Member Spotlight for April 2018

Our member in the spotlight for April 2018


Current businesses:

Teather Creative Design

Be Your Own Graphic Designer

Email Sammy on:

Or call: 07501 104696


A self-confessed drawing addict from an early age, Sammy was born and raised in Ipswich.

She began her formal art training in Ipswich in the days when, she said: “Art and graphic design training was definitely old school hands-on with no computers in sight. Every day at Ipswich art school started with a one-hour life-drawing or still-life class which really does hone your skills over two years.”

When graphics moved online Sammy moved with it: “I now draw and illustrate directly onto the screen which I think separates me from other graphic designers who rely on typefaces and clip-art. I design one-off bespoke characters and graphics for individuals.”


Career history

Sammy started her graphic design career in central London, where she worked in at a very ‘yuppy’ branding and packaging agency, specialising in retail product design for the big multiples such as Sainsbury’s, Tesco, and M&S.

After gaining a post-grad qualification she then worked for six years as the Marketing Manager for a large food company, which took her travelling regularly to Germany and France.

In 2000, marriage and the birth of her daughter, Fern, brought Sammy back to Suffolk, this time to Needham Market. A career move into teaching Art, Design and Technology, enabled her to combine work with being a mother.


Hobbies and interests

Sammy freely admits to having no musical ability, unlike her husband and daughter, a singer-songwriter playing Acoustic Folk-rock with an Americana twist.  Sammy does, however, greatly enjoy a great deal of both live and recorded music with her many musical friends.

Other hobbies and interests include various crafts, crochet and knitting being current winter favourites, although she claims to be not very good at either! In warmer weather, she loves to walk and is often inspired to draw and paint watercolours. She also went through a phase of designing and making real stained-glass panels which are now all over her house!


Any other passions?

“I also have two rescue cats, Belle and Cleo, whom I love very much.”



Sammy has an impressive list of qualifications, including:

An Art School OND, an HND in Graphic Design, a BA hons (1st class) in Design Technology & Sociology, an ACIM DipM post-grad in Marketing, and a teaching qualification (QTS).