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. #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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Latest news, views and updates from us here at SAOS.

Growing Tomorrow's Leaders

01 October 2023

TBC (likely October '23 - March '24)

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.

The Growing Tomorrow's Leaders programme extends beyond personal development and will help potential industry leaders of tomorrow – equipping them with new skills, a strong mutually-supportive network, a positive mindset, as well as new ways of thinking and doing, building their capacity to become better leaders for tomorrow.

Participants will receive over 50 hours of training in total, a mix of online and in person, over a range of topics. 

Get in touch to note your interest/find out more about the next run (likely to be Oct '23 - March '24) 

We'll be updating the exact curriculum after reflecting on the feedback from year one, but the info leaflet for that (below) will give you an idea of what the programme entails.