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13 February 2013 | Adam Leach
Private sector contracts for golf tournament The Ryder Cup are to be advertised on a Scottish Government procurement portal.
It is the first time any private sector opportunities have been displayed on the government website and it is hoped it will provide opportunities to local suppliers.
This week, the team behind the sport's biggest contest, which is to be held at Gleneagles, announced that all of its direct contracts will be posted on Public Contracts Scotland (PCS). The same site is also used to advertise contract opportunities for the public sector-run 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Edward Kitson, match director for the 2014 Ryder Cup, said: “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 will streamline our procurement processes and importantly, give as many Scottish businesses as possible forewarning of the contracts on offer. We would love to hear from local suppliers who feel they have the right product quality and business infrastructure to become involved in the event.”
By using the portal, the team behind the event will be able to promote opportunities to 60,000 businesses registered on the site. The deals will be awarded over the course of the next 18 months, with the first expected to be awarded within the next three months.
Liz Cameron, chief executive of the Scottish Chamber of Commerce, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for businesses across the UK, but particularly in Scotland. We can genuinely point to world-class offerings in a variety of sectors and we encourage businesses to put themselves in contention.”
The project is the result of a collaboration between Ryder Cup Europe, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government. Ryder Cup Europe expects 5,000 people to benefit from employment opportunities resulting from the deals.