‘CMiP’ course proves popular once again

SAOS Project Manager, Stephen Young, tells us a bit about this year’s Co-op Management in Practice training course which he was involved in delivering this week. This two-day residential course aims to provide a really solid grounding in the intricacies of co-op management to the attendees and has proved really popular over the last few years we’ve run it.

“15 trainees from 11 of our co-ops spent two days on a crash course on co-op management delivered by Bob Yuill, Jim Booth and me this week.

“The broad-ranging course covered key topics such as governance, strategy, member relations and finance. Always of particular interest are the sessions with experienced co-op managers and directors who provide a great insight into the ways different co-ops work. This year, these sessions were with Graham Bruce, MD of Ringlink, and George Lawrie of Scottish Agronomy, who is also SAOS’ most recent former Chairman.

One of this year’s CMiP graduates gave the feedback ‘A fantastic two days covering so much and made interesting. It has made me think about what we do, why we do it and how we add value for our members.’”



Bob Yuill proving he knows his left from his right!





One of the group exercises.