BUSINESSES hoping for supplier contracts for the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles will be able to tender for contracts after Ryder Cup Europe launches its procurement portal today.

Ryder Cup Europe expects that around 5000 people will be employed on projects directly related to the event, with more gaining work through its supply chain.

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 2014 Ryder Cup procurement portal is hosted on the Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) website, the first time private contracts have been made available through a public-sector portal, and includes contract in areas including security, transport and merchandising.

Lanark-based golf clothing Glenmuir has already secured its contract to supply the championship.

The 112-year-old firm first became the kit supplier to the European team in 1987.

It is already supplying Ryder Cup-related clothing to Gleneagles, and staff are preparing to sit down with Europe captain Paul McGinley to design the team kit.

Glenmuir managing director Colin Mee said: "Doing that for the team through the captain has had spin-offs because we are able to translate the new products and changes into the general ranges we produce."

He said the link to the Ryder Cup was also good for morale at the company

"We have 95 people in Lanark. A a lot of them are golf nuts. But it gives all of our staff a tremendous sense of pride."

He said home Ryder Cup tournaments always sparked a rise in demand, and that Glenmuir would hire temporary staff and extend working hours at its factory to fulfil orders.

Ryder Cup contracts will be awarded over the next 18 months.

Jillian Moffat, head of the games legacy team at Scottish Enterprise, said: "This event gives Scottish companies the chance to demonstrate they can perform at a truly global level."