Scotland prepares itself for catering contracts up for grabs in 2014

With the Commonwealth Games, the Ryder Cup and the Year of Homecoming all taking place in Scotland in 2014, there is a series of catering contracts worth up to £50 million up for grabs.

The new contracts were promoted at the 'Geared for Gold' conference, hosted by Stirling Enterprise Business Support Property Services (STEP), where over 70 businesses learned about how they could benefit from the events set to take the region by storm next year. These businesses included cleaning firm Green Clean UK and luxury venue Gartmore House.

According to the Stirling Observer, Gordon Bell, executive director of STEP, said: “The big construction projects are already taken. But a lot of the contracts to do with supply of goods and services are all still available for the events. There are certainly opportunities there for businesses in Stirling to take advantage of.”

Currently, 85 per cent of the contracts given out for next year have been allocated to Scottish organisations. This includes 26 contacts that have been given to businesses in the Forth Valley. This surely means good news for the sector, as a wide array of hospitality jobs are set to be created in the region over the next 12 months.

Sarah Deas, director for enterprise projects at Scottish Enterprise, added: “This is a great opportunity for businesses in terms of upping their capacity to win contracts and being able to demonstrate that they can deliver in events like these, which places them well in relation to future business opportunities.”

Businesses from all across central Scotland are being encouraged to register their interest and apply for these opportunities, especially for the Ryder Cup, set to take place at Gleneagles. These include security, parking management and catering services.

Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency in the catering industry.