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Developing Strategic Capability

07 February 2023

Murrayshall Hotel, Scone

Developing Strategic Capability
Tues 7th February 2023, 10.00-15.30,
Murrayshall Hotel, Scone, by Perth.


Led by Jim Booth, Head of Co-op Development, SAOS


The main responsibility of a board is to establish the co-op’s purpose and vision, to set clear business objectives and to develop a strategy for their achievement. Co-ops who don’t think strategically and develop strategic plans will inevitably fail. This workshop is an overview of the principles and processes of strategic planning and co-op business development. Directors need to understand what business their co-op is in, how it adds value and competes in the market. This long-term planning is essential for future success. The workshop will provide an understanding of the value and importance of strategic planning, the processes and methods by which it may be undertaken, and the strategies that co-ops might employ.

SAOS members - £200 + VAT, non-members £250 + VAT


Email emma.koubayssi@saos.coop to book