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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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What is the C2Network?

The C2Network will act as the catalyst to bring together a broad range of organisations with a shared interest in the growth and development of agri businesses.

Our network will provide a facilitated, collaborative and interactive space which will enable an exchange of ideas and exploration of practical approaches to prioritised challenges.

What is the vision?

Our vision is simple: "To drive positive change through collaboration."

The C2Network will lead the agenda for change by bringing together a broad range of participants to stimulate thinking, explore potential solutions and develop practical actions for sector improvement.

Why participate in the C2Network?

To be part of a unique network of over 60 co‑ops (and their ~25,000 farmer members), research institutes, industry bodies, innovation centres, agri-tech enterprises and businesses with a shared interest in developing the agri sector in Scotland.

Participants will share thinking and technical insight which will generate ideas to pilot new approaches or develop proposals which will address challenges that are facing the sector.

How does it work?

Following our introductory webinar in November 2021, we will launch a series of webinars in 2022 focusing on prominent themes. These webinars will be the starting point for stimulating discussion and thinking. The first two themes identified as key priorities by SAOS co‑op members are:

• Climate Change: on-farm decarbonisation strategies

• Data-Delivered Intelligence: creating value from farm through the supply chain

Network participants eager to progress these themes further can then attend facilitated round table discussions to explore and develop ideas into proposals and actions.

How can you join?

SAOS co‑op members will have access to the C2Network as part of their membership fee.

To participate in the C2Network as an associate member, get in touch at the email address below and we will guide you through the process.

Email us at C2Network@saos.coop