Emma reports on the first Intro to Becoming a Director Workshop

Emma Patterson Taylor was one of the facilitators of the first running of our new workshop aimed at encouraging future rural leaders and new directors in our co-ops and across the industry. She tells us: “We’d a great day. Bob Yuill kicked things off, talking about the role of the board and looking at governance. Then Read More »

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Helen Glass reports on this week’s ‘SEFARI co-op safari’

Helen Glass fills us in on this week’s tour for SEFARI scientists www.sefari.scot, giving them the opportunity to understand better the role, commitment and innovation taking place within Scotland’s agri co-ops: “Eight SEFARI scientists, four cars and three agri co-ops sounds a bit like the something from a film set, but this was the scene for the Read More »

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What a difference a day makes! Lisa Farrell guest blogs on her SAOS conference experience

We’re delighted to have a ‘guest spot’ for our staff blog – Lisa Farrell, Research Development Officer at the University of Stirling tells us about a ‘whirlwind 24 hours’ and her immersion into SAOS and Scottish agriculture: “As a city native (Liverpool), in an office-based career, my interaction with Scottish agriculture hadn’t stretched much further Read More »

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This week we ran the Co-op Chairmen’s Forum

Jim Booth tells us about the SAOS Co-op Chairmen Forum that took place this week at Huntingtower Hotel. “We had a very successful forum meeting earlier this week. There is simply tremendous value in getting a group of co-op chairman (and vice chairs) in the same room. The forum’s purpose was certainly achieved: To facilitate Read More »

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Helen Glass reports from last week’s SmartRural event

SmartRural’s ‘outside-in’ pilot scheme is trialling how to use technology to deliver improvements for residents and businesses in a rural setting. Helen was one of the attendees at an event last week which drew key stakeholders to Stonehaven to find out more! She tells us: “The room buzzed with conversations at the vibrant and informative event Read More »

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