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.


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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Save the Date - Back to Basics Governance Workshop

12 January 2022

an online workshop

The key to success for every co-operative business is governance. Governance concerns the way co-op businesses are directed and controlled and is therefore central to the work of the board. It involves understanding the rules, processes, and procedures that ensure boards are discharging their responsibilities effectively. This workshop is designed as a basic introduction to the key information and guidance that anyone considering or new to a director position will require to ensure they can be an active player in the governance of their co-op.  

Cost is £30 plus VAT for co-op members and £45 plus VAT for non - members

To register your interest please contact: Allison Watson on allison.watson@saos.coop

Tel 07548 215669