About us

Scotland’s experts on farmer co-ops and food industry collaboration, we work with food and farming businesses to make them more profitable, competitive, and sustainable - working together to shape the future, today. #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.

Events & Training

Developing staff capability is one of the most effective ways to improve a co-op’s performance. Check out our events and training programme - most of which are open to non co-op members too.


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.

What's New

See below for all the latest news, views and updates from us here at SAOS. Find all our latest videos on YouTube at: SAOS - working together in food and farming

Growing Tomorrow's Leaders training programme

01 October 2024

hybrid training - online and in person

Our professional skills and development programme, Growing Tomorrow's Leaders, provides an invaluable set of tools for promising individuals with the drive and ambition to expand their learning, helping to future-proof them for the challenges of today, tomorrow and the future.

Applications/nominations for the Winter '24/25 'run', commencing in October are now welcome. Find out more about GTL and get in touch through our GTL page:

Growing Tomorrow's Leaders - more information