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.

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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.

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Latest news, views and updates from us here at SAOS.

How do we help?

We can provide the support to get you started with the innovation process in a number of ways. Through our Fit4 Climate Change innovation work, we are exploring how we can support our co ops respond to opportunities and challenges that Climate Change brings in a more innovative way.

Why is innovation important?

According to our members, innovation is vital for many reasons but the essence of these boils down to ‘keeping ahead of the game’, staying ‘relevant, new and fresh’, and as a way to ‘future proof the business’.

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What does innovation look like?

Co‑operation and co‑ops are ideally placed to drive forward innovation and supply chain relationships that enable shared risk-taking and scalability, both amongst farmers and in their connections with supply chain customers.

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Key contacts

Find out how we can help you to innovate in your own business, get in touch.

Helen Glass

Helen Glass

Helen Glass

Head of Supply Chain Innovation

07795 050323 | helen.glass@saos.coop

George Noble

George Noble

George Noble

General Manager for SmartRural

07894 414512 | george.noble@saos.coop