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Co-op Management in Practice (CMiP)

30 November 2022

A two day in person event from 30th November to 1st December

Landmark Hotel, Dundee

This highly regarded workshop has been delivered by SAOS since 2014. Building on our experience and hugely positive feedback from participants since then this workshop will enable participants to develop their understanding of the distinctive nature of successful co-op businesses and will include discussion of the issues and challenges. It will provide a forum for sharing ideas and experiences between participants from a range of co-ops.

The focus will be on supporting future co-op managers in acquiring and developing innovative approaches for leading and managing co-ops in an increasingly competitive environment. In addition to providing training in the basic knowledge including co-op principles and the co-op business model, the programme will look at the manager role and identify those qualities demonstrated by those who are most effective.

Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in the management of agricultural co-ops and those seeking to develop a career in the co-op sector – particularly those who may go on to become future co-op managers, head of sections or other senior posts.

Guest Speakers

A key element of the workshop is the inclusion of two guest speakers - a current co-op manager and co-op chair who will share their experiences with the group. This is a fantastic opportunity to hear first-hand from people at the sharp end of a co-op business.

Workshop Facilitators

The workshop will be delivered by SAOS co-op specialists and will include presentations, participative exercises, case studies, discussion, and guest speakers to create a hugely engaging and informative two days. The three specialists have a wealth of experience in co-op development and are widely regarded as the foremost farm co-op experts within the UK: Bob Yuill, Deputy CEO, Jim Booth, Head of Co-op Development and Robert Logan, Project Manager.

The Cost

The workshop will take place at a centrally located hotel (to be confirmed)

The cost to attend for the two days including accommodation, meals and materials is:

  • SAOS Members: £300 plus VAT
  • Non-Members: £520 plus VAT

Book a Place

    For further details and to reserve your place contact Jim Booth - jim.booth@saos.coop


The deadline for all bookings is the 14th of November.