SAOS Training and Development Events

Building Individual Capability

Co-op directors, managers and staff are at the mercy of ever-increasing demands on time, but the need to develop skills and knowledge through effective training really should be a priority. Developing staff capability is one of the most effective ways to improve a co-op’s performance. When a group of co-op people get together for a training event, one of the key benefits is to hear how other co-ops tackle similar issues and, whatever your experience, this access to shared learning is a hugely positive factor and helps with the decisions you make for your own co-op.

As part of a programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD), farmer directors and staff should regularly update their skills and take the time out to learn from each other, so if you haven’t participated in any training for a number of years, now is the time!

Costs for the courses (paid by your co-op) are:

The two-day residential CMiP course: SAOS Co-op Members – £250 plus VAT, Non – Members – £450 plus VAT
One-day workshops: SAOS Co-op Members £75 plus VAT Non – Members £150 plus VAT

For smaller co-ops concerned about cost, support is available to cover the training fee.

For further details or to book on any of the above, please contact or call 07548 215669


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.