On Tuesday 27th October 2020 Gravesend Rotary held the latest in its series of business networking sessions. The meeting was opened by Gravesend Rotary president Brian Portway and he introduced the speaker Michael Saunders, Member of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee.
Michael gave a talk entitled “An off the record look at the UK economy, drawing on the most recent Bank of England Monetary Policy Report”. He provided insights into the evolution of the UK economy through the Covid-19 pandemic period to date and future possible projections, also with due consideration of the playout of BREXIT. The previous presentation in June 2020 by Phil Eckersley, the Bank of England Agent for the South East and East Anglia, under the same title, took place during the first phase of the pandemic whereas Michael Saunders extended his review in to the unfolding phase 2 of the emergency.
Following Michael’s talk there was a Q&A session when the many of those attending asked wide-ranging questions, some specific to the conditions in Gravesham and peripheral areas.
The session was highly appreciated as indicated by comments subsequently received from attendees including:
“What a fantastic meeting. A quality speaker on an incredibly difficult subject that dealt calmly and comprehensibly with everyone’s question in a professionally managed Zoom meeting.”, and
“Michael had a fantastic way of explaining things thoroughly and at a steady pace and returning to key points to highlight them – a very good speaker indeed.”
On behalf of the participants and Gravesend Rotary Tony Muckley, Gravesend Rotary Business Networking Leader, thanked Michael for his interesting and insightful talk. Further, that it had by far exceeded being timely, relevant, and providing takeaways for the participants. Tony also recognised high interest in the event from local enterprise, organisations and government and thanked the participants. He noted and welcomed the first-time attendance of students from several local schools. His suggestion that the Bank provide an update in a few months’ time was concurred by Michael and Phil.
Cllr Brian Sangha, GBC Cabinet Member for Strategic Environment, and Keith Grimley, GBC Senior Economic Development Officer, spoke briefly about local projects and needs including skills and youth development in employment. They highlighted the role of Rotary in the community and sought its involvement in strategic activities.
The session was drawn to a close by president Brian.