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Beds Chamber Members to Meet the Bank of England – and You Can Be There

Written by Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce | 18 Apr 2024

Have you heard of the Bank of England’s Chief Economist, Huw Pill?

Would you like to meet him, and ask him some searching questions about monetary policy, inflation, interest rates, and all the other factors that impact on your business? Well, you can.

Bedfordshire is on the Bank’s radar, and the event we’ve devised is a golden opportunity for our members to argue the case for economic change in the region and further afield.

So, if you want to get the ear of the Bank of England and get your voice heard, how do you get involved? 

“Who’s the event for – and how do I join?”

First of all, it’s important to understand that this event is open to companies of all sizes and types – microbusinesses, start-ups, small firms, larger and more established players – regardless of sector.

And with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) like our members contributing over 53% - some £2.4 trillion - of the UK’s total private business turnover, all those voices deserve influence.

The event is only for members, but as joining the Chamber is quick, easy, and cost-effective, this is not a barrier to your business’s involvement.

In short, for Chamber members, existing or new, the door to the conference room is open, and your place at the table awaits. 

Six degrees of separation: closing the gap

‘Once is never’, goes the saying, and it’s true that even events like this one aren’t truly effective in isolation.

They must be part of a wider plan to reduce the ‘six degrees of separation’ between businesses and those in high places who make decisions that affect them – and here, too, membership of the Chambers repeatedly delivers.

As a member, your views and opinions are connected to our ongoing lobbying activities and instruments within the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), including the Quarterly Economic Survey (QES), and the Business Council.

Government and other powerful decision-making bodies rely on these interactions to be their eyes and ears in the SME community, and so when we – and you - speak, they heed what’s being said.

What will Huw Pill talk about, where, and when?

Huw will be joining us on Friday 31st May, at Putteridge Bury Conference Centre in Luton.

He will explore the present and future of the UK economy and monetary policy, and provide a comprehensive overview of the economic outlook for the country, shedding light on key trends, challenges, and potential opportunities on the horizon.

But this will be no one-way street. Over coffee and pastries, there will also be a Q&A session to enable you to raise the issues that mean most to you and your business, and request answers that may help inform your business’s planning and strategy decisions going forward. 

How to attend the event

If you’re a Chamber member, you can book up to two places at the event, free of charge, at

If you’re not a Chamber member, you can join online at, and once your membership has been processed you’ll be able to register for the event.

It’s not every day you get to quiz the Chief Economist of the Bank of England on issues that directly affect your business – so we look forward to seeing you there!

To discuss any aspect of the event, or Chamber membership, you can call our friendly team on 01582 522448. 


Topics: Bank of England

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