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.

Membership

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.

How do we help?

Our work allows farming, 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

Head of Co-op Development

01651 843607 | jim.booth@saos.coop