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.

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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