SAOS Training and Development Events

Building Individual Capability

The expectation and demands of co-op directors, managers and staff are constantly increasing, as does the need to improve skills and knowledge through effective training. Developing personnel capability is one of the most effective ways to improve a co-op’s performance.

Getting a group of farmer directors, co-op managers and/or staff together provides great networking opportunities. It is always interesting to hear how other co-ops tackle similar issues. Whatever your experience, there is always something to learn that can be applied to your own co-op. As part of continuous professional development (CPD), farmer directors and staff should regularly update their skills, so if you haven’t participated in any training for a number of years, now is the time!

Please note the following dates for these upcoming training and development opportunities for winter ’19/20:

  • 19th November – Director Development: Effective People Management – Huntingtower Hotel – Perth (one day course)
  • 27th & 28th November – Co-op Management in Practice – North Queensferry Hotel – Edinburgh (two day course)
  • 18th February – Director Development: Improving Co-op Performance – Doubletree by Hilton, Dundee (one day course)

We also be running ‘Finance for non-financial directors’ the date for this will be issued in the Autumn SAOS Update together with more info about our other courses.

Please get in touch with for more information or to book onto any of these courses.


We also have an exciting new opportunity to look at, and get co-op staff thinking about, new ways to innovate –

Fit2Innovate for Co-op Staff 

Save the Date – 15th October 

Do you or your team want to create or do something new or different in your co-op?  If you’re nodding your head or answering yes, then you need to come along to the first ‘Fit2Innovate’ workshop which will run on the 15th October.

Hosted by SAOS’s Helen and Amanda, the workshop will explore the role of innovation in Scottish co-ops. What does successful innovation look like? Why is innovation important? As well as looking at how to do it.

We’ll provide the stimulus and chat (some coffee and cake too) to get you thinking about innovation in your co-op, be it a new way of doing something, making changes to how you work, or even something completely new that you haven’t even thought about yet.  Market insight, guest speakers and the opportunity to work with other co-ops will provide ideas and opportunities for you to start thinking about the role of innovation in your business. We’ll also send you away with ideas and thoughts about innovating as a route to grow, to improve your business performance, or even introduce a new service.

Email Amanda on if you want to come along.  We’ll share the full agenda and arrangements in September.

To help us understand your thoughts on innovation we’d be grateful if you could complete the attached survey (whether you’re able to make it to the workshop or not).  Thanks.