About us

SAOS was established in 1905 to strengthen the profitability and effectiveness of Scotland’s farming and rural businesses through co-operation.

What we do

We are Scotland’s experts on farmer co-ops and food industry collaboration. We provide a range of specialist information, development and consultancy services.


We are a development organisation owned by our members. We provide a range of specialist services that our members have requested, that are not available elsewhere. Discover how we can help you.

The success of every co‑op depends on how well its directors carry out their roles and responsibilities. SAOS’s Board has a wealth of knowledge and experience, as well as an ambitious vision for our future.

We also have a Council, comprising members from all sectors of our co‑ops, and other key industry bodies.

Our team

Our team is the key to our success, but we’re also the key to yours. SAOS has never been an organisation to blow its own trumpet, but when it comes to the team we’re happy to.

Meet the team