Hosted on the Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) website, the procurement portal is a joint initiative between Ryder Cup Europe, the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise and is the first time that a series of private contracts will be available through what has been a public sector portal.

The procurement process includes contract opportunities in a number of categories, including waste management as well as transport, catering and food supplies.

As the 2014 Ryder Cup in Gleneagles, Scotland nears, contracts will appear gradually online and will reflect the categories already available to existing registered businesses on the PCS portal. So far, 60,000 businesses have signed up.

“The direct contracts we will offer and the associated benefits through the supply chain will provide a boost to businesses across the country,” said 2014 Ryder Cup match director Edward Kitson.

“The PCS portal will streamline our procurement processes; we would love to hear from local suppliers who feel they have the right product quality and business infrastructure to become involved with the event.”

Ryder Cup Europe expects to attract more than 250,000 spectators to Gleneagles in September 2014. Contracts will be awarded over the next 18 months and organisers expect the first deal to be awarded within the next three months.

Nick Warburton

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