Given that banknotes play a role in everyone’s day to day lives, the Bank has undertaken a public consultation programme before deciding whether to print its next banknotes on polymer.
As part of this programme, we hosted over 40 events across the United Kingdom to give the public an opportunity to learn more about polymer banknotes and to provide feedback before we make a final decision.
Public acceptability is important and we need to factor this into our decision.
The consultation programme ran from 10 September to 15 November 2013 and the Bank's final decision, in light of feedback, will be announced in December 2013.
Objectives of the consultation programme
1. Enhance public awareness and understanding of polymer
2. Provide information about polymer banknotes
3. Give the Bank a broader understanding of the public’s views
Key elements of the consultation programme
- Regional events across the UK led by senior Bank staff:
- Shopping centres
- Drop in events
- Discussion forums
- Dedicated webpages, detailed fact sheets and short videos about polymer
- Independently run focus groups and an omnibus survey
- Comment cards and an online comment form
- A display in the Bank of England Museum (which is still on view)
You can view images from the Polymer public consultation programme on Flickr
The table below shows the regional events we held across the UK to enable the public to handle ‘mock up’ Bank of England polymer banknotes (not legal tender).
||Kingston Upon Thames|
||Grafton Centre, Cambridge
||Bloomfield Shopping Centre, Bangor
||Liverpool & Warrington|
||Llandudno & Flintshire|
||Bristol & Somerset|
||Drake Circus, Plymouth
||Queens Arcade, Cardiff
||Newport & Swansea|
||St Enoch, Glasgow
||The Arndale, Manchester
||Victoria Centre, Nottingham
||Telford Shopping Centre, Telford
||Derby & Mansfield|
||Bromley Centre, London
||Eastbourne & Weybridge|
||West Quay, Southampton
||White Rose, Leeds
||York & Bradford|