About us

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.

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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

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

Member Services

The services we offer help our members to grow their businesses and maintain high standards of corporate governance.

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Membership Packages

Discover the membership packages we can offer you.

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Our members

Our member co‑ops work hard for their farmers members and help to sustain individual farm businesses for this generation and the next. Our members work in a wide variety of sectors.

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Become a member

Want to know if the co-operative model is right for your business?

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Associate Member

You don’t have to be in a co‑op to benefit from our skills and knowledge. We’ve been helping people who are not actually in co‑ops for nearly as long as we’ve been around.

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Co-op FAQs

Frequently asked questions about co-ops.

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Great potential in encouraging greater use of collaboration.

Speak to someone about setting up a co-op

Would you like to speak to one of our team members and find out how you can start a co-op to help grow your business

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