About us

Scotland’s experts on farmer co-ops and food industry collaboration, we provide a range of specialist information, development and consultancy services to help businesses work together more effectively.

What we do

Now more than ever, it’s vital for farmers and food and drink businesses to work together more effectively - all of SAOS’s work centres on facilitating this.


We are a development organisation owned by our members. We provide a range of specialist services that are not available elsewhere, to assist our members by developing their people and their businessses. Get in touch to find out how we can help you.

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Effective Co-op Governance

16 February 2021

to be delivered over two sessions - 10:30 - 12:00 and 1:30 - 3:00

Delivered via Zoom

The key to success for every co-operative business is great governance. This highly regarded workshop is always popular with co-op directors. It is particularly relevant to any new directors, anyone who hasn't attended this workshop previously or for those who haven't had any governance training for a number of years. Governance is really about the way co-op businesses are directed and controlled and is therefore central to the work of any board. It involves understanding the rules, the processes and procedures that ensure boards are discharging their responsibilities effectively. The workshop, to be delivered over two sessions, is designed to provide straightforward practical guidance for any director to be active in the proper governance of their co-operative and will be led by Bob Yuill and Anna Roberston from SAOS. 

We are currently putting together the final programme for this workshop and will share it with you as soon as it's available.