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

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.


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

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Effective Co-op Governance (in person)

18 January 2023

Murrayshall Hotel, Scone

Effective Co-op Governance

Led by Bob Yuill, Deputy Chief Executive, SAOS

The key to success for every co-operative business is great governance. The role and importance of co-operative business in agriculture is increasing and becoming more complex, so the role of directors is ever more demanding. It is imperative that directors develop skills and knowledge to meet the challenge of change. This module is designed to provide straightforward practical guidance
for any director to be active in the proper governance of their co-operative business. The work uses real case studies, which brings the subject alive, generating discussion and real world explanations for new and experienced directors.

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

Email  emma.koubayssi@saos.coop to book