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

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.

Robert Logan

Robert Logan

Robert Logan

Head of Co-op Development

07502 339613 | robert.logan@saos.coop

Anna Delday

Anna Delday

Anna Delday

Co-op Development and Training Manager

07741 314425 | anna.delday@saos.coop

David Michie

David Michie

David Michie

Co-op Development Manager

07384 467 802 | david.michie@saos.coop

Jim Booth

Jim Booth

Jim Booth

Co-op Development Director

07738 387306 | jim.booth@saos.coop