Mr Bean told the Society of Business Economists' annual conference in London that there were "at last signs that the recovery may be gaining traction" after a period of "miserable" growth.
He highlighted just how weak the recovery had been since the summer of 2010.
Mr Bean noted that the Bank of England's central expectation in August 2010 had been that there would be a cumulative rise in output of 9% over the following three years.
He added: "The actual rise is presently estimated to have been a miserable 2%."
The Conservative-Liberal Democrat Government came to power in May 2010.
However, while citing the UK's poor growth in the following three years, Mr Bean yesterday highlighted weaker-than-expected global growth.
He said: "The IMF (International Monetary Fund) has consistently revised down its projections for global growth. Back in October 2010, it was forecasting a cumulative expansion in output of 14% over the following three years, whereas the actual figure was just 10%. Indeed, the Fund has revised down its world growth forecast for 2013 in every subsequent World Economic Outlook: it now expects just 2.9%, against the 4.6% it projected three years ago."
However, Mr Bean saw reasons why recovery could be sustained in the UK.
He said: "In the United Kingdom, output rose by a little more than 1% in the first half of the year.
"And business surveys point to something closer to 2% for the second half of this year, somewhat faster than the economy's historical average rate of expansion. That is good news."
Mulling whether it could be expected that this recovery would be sustained, or whether there was a danger it would prove short-lived, Mr Bean highlighted reasons for hope.
He said: "The primary reason for believing that the nascent resurgence in growth that we have seen this year will be sustained lies in the moderation of...past headwinds.
"First, UK banks have made considerable progress in bolstering their capital position... UK banks are now well placed to provide the credit necessary to support recovery. Second, the euro area is no longer in existential crisis. The countries of the euro-area periphery have also made progress in restoring competitiveness and rebalancing the composition of demand, though there is still quite a way to go."