The 2014 Ryder Cup procurement process has begun with catering and food supply contracts up for grabs.
Ryder Cup Europe launched its official procurement portal for the tournament in Scotland next year, with around 5,000 people expected to be employed on projects directly related to the event.
The 2014 Ryder Cup procurement process will be hosted on the Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) website and features a number of contract opportunities, including: catering and food supplies; security; merchandising and waste management.
Contracts will be awarded over the next 18 months, with the first expected to be awarded within the next three months.
The tender process will see emphasis placed on sustainability, environmental, social and ethical issues when awarding contracts and procuring products and services.
The biennial tournament is held alternately in the USA and Europe. The 2010 Ryder Cup was held at Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales, with Compass Group partnering Oxfordshire-based contract caterer Mecco to deliver hospitality and catering.
Edward Kitson, match director for the 2014 Ryder Cup, said: "The Ryder Cup is one of the world's most prestigious events and we are looking for suppliers whose products and services will enable us to create a truly memorable occasion at Gleneagles in 2014.
"The direct contracts we will offer and the associated benefits through the supply chain will provide a boost to businesses across the country."
The PCS portal has 60,000 businesses already registered and Ryder Cup Europe is encouraging companies to use the portal to ensure they hear about new contract opportunities.
Contracts will appear online gradually and will reflect the categories already available to existing registered businesses on PCS, ensuring as many potential suppliers as possible are aware of the different Ryder Cup opportunities.
The Ryder Cup procurement portal is a joint initiative between Ryder Cup Europe, the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise.
It is the first time that a series of private contracts will be available through what has been a public sector portal, and could pave the way for more private sector engagement with PCS.
Ryder Cup Europe expects to attract more than 250,000 spectators to Gleneagles in September 2014.
Suppliers of barriers, fencing, telecommunications, portable offices, transport and other infrastructure-related areas are also being sought.
By Janie Manzoori-Stamford
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