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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

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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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NEW! Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Skills

07 March 2023

Now fully booked

Landmark Hotel, Dundee

Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Skills Tues 7th March 2023, 10.00-15.30

Led by Dr Tom Hutchinson

(Now full but register your interest to be added to the reserve list).

Workshop Overview
The ability to negotiate and to manage conflict effectively are amongst the most valuable skills we can develop to improve our management and leadership performance and enhance our personal development. ‘Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Skills’ is a one-day seminar that provides an insightful strategic analysis of the negotiation and conflict management process and goes on to provide key practical tools and techniques that can be used in a range of negotiation and conflict scenarios.

Participants will leave this course having improved their ability to add value through the negotiation and conflict management processes and will have enhanced their capacities as managers and leaders.

This is a critical skill for any successful manager and is delivered by a specialist trainer withinternational consultancy experience. Tom is a lawyer by training and holds a BSc, MBA and PhD. He is widely regarded as an expert in negotiation. Places on this new workshop are limited so early booking is advised.

SAOS members - £250 + VAT, non-members £350 + VAT

Email emma.koubayssi@saos.coop to be added to the reserve waiting list