About us

SAOS was established in 1905 to strengthen the profitability and effectiveness of Scotland’s farming and rural businesses through co-operation.

What we do

We are Scotland’s experts on farmer co-ops and food industry collaboration. We provide a range of specialist information, development and consultancy services.


We are a development organisation owned by our members. We provide a range of specialist services that our members have requested, that are not available elsewhere. Discover how we can help you.

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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