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.


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.

How do we help?

SAOS's work allows farming and food and drink businesses to benefit from the advantages achievable by working together more effectively. We are trusted and valued partners because we get things done.

Advice and support

We are experts on co-operative strategies, structures and management. We can help you set up a new co-op, or advise on the best ways to make your co‑op more effective.

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About Co-ops

Co‑ops work in a different way to other businesses and their values are very important. These are based on self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity.

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Global co-operation

There are around 3 million co‑ops worldwide and at least 12% of the world’s population co-operates.

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Co-op FAQs

Frequently asked questions about co-ops.

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Find out more about membership

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Key contacts

Give us a call to find out about forming a co-op or you have a problem we can help with.

Jim Booth

Jim Booth

Jim Booth

Co-op Development Director

01651 843607 | jim.booth@saos.coop

Anna Delday

Anna Delday

Anna Delday

Co-op Development and Training Manager

07741 314425 | anna.delday@saos.coop

Robert Logan

Robert Logan

Robert Logan

Head of Co-op Development

07502 339613 | robert.logan@saos.coop