About us

Scotland’s experts on farmer co-ops and food industry collaboration, we work with food and farming businesses to make them more profitable, competitive, and sustainable - working together to shape the future, today. #workingtogether we grow

What we do

All of SAOS's work centres on facilitating farmers and food and drink businesses to work together effectively. Over the years we've also developed several subsidiary businesses - getting the right people together and making innovative advancements to help benefit the entire food and farming industry and rural Scotland.

Events & Training

Developing staff capability is one of the most effective ways to improve a co-op’s performance. Check out our events and training programme - most of which are open to non co-op members too.

Membership

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

See below for all the latest news, views and updates from us here at SAOS. Find all our latest videos on YouTube at: SAOS - working together in food and farming

Our relationship with our members is open and transparent and our governance provides opportunities for member participation, networking and feedback. We promote and work on behalf of our members to create a positive regulatory environment for our members.

Co-op Development Plan

Every year, SAOS undertakes a range of projects to help develop co-operation and collaboration across our members’ co‑op businesses and the wider rural community.

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Governance Services

The success of every co‑op business depends on how successfully its directors carry out their roles and responsibilities.

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