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Maybole Castle is the headquarters of May-Tag Ltd.

Employment Training &
Community Projects

Established 1988

"Together we can get ahead!"


May-Tag Ltd started as a response by Maybole Community Council to high unemployment in 1988. It is now in its eleventh year as a community based business. The core business is still employment training and job access for local people, and the company works closely with the Community Council.

The creation of our company has resulted in the availability of local jobs, local training in relevant skills and projects of lasting community benefit, especially for the disadvantaged and excluded in the community.

We have a long history of helping people who have learning difficulties. An average of 50% of trainees have had special support needs since the company began training. This average is now rising, due to the many Government initiatives introducing funding for the disadvantaged and excluded.

However, in spite of upskilling over a thousand local people, and extending the variety of training offered to meet Ayrshire labour market demands, unemployment in the town is still high. Job creation schemes are urgently needed. For this reason we want to assist in job creation projects and are actively seeking funding to create social firms which will help those unable to get and keep jobs.

In 1998 we won the Business in the Community section of the Ayrshire Business Awards, came second in the National Business in the Community award and won a Post Office Award for helping people with learning difficulties to achieve their potential.

Community Projects

The company has identified several areas of community need and started projects to resolve them in the last four years.

Scottish Lottery Charities Board funding was obtained in 1996 to provide better domestic living standards for low income families. Decorating, garden maintenance and domestic safety devices were provided at very low cost to those in receipt of two State benefits. The project was extended to the Girvan area in 1999 and over 300 households have benefited to date. Feedback received is consistently good.

Another successful project was the Signposts Job Access project in partnership with South Ayrshire Council and now mainlined by them. The project started in 1996, and when independently evaluated the report said it was the best value for money and most productive seen.

We encouraged the creation of a voluntary forum to help fund-raising. This project started a local Charity Shop, which groups lease. It is estimated that fund-raising has risen as a result by some 400% and good quality second hand clothing is available locally.

Staff are very happy to contribute to the economy of the High Street where some 50% of the shops are closed.

Currently the company is in partnership with eighteen local groups seeking funding for a community development project to raise local awareness and participation in community development.

A Community Development Officer, an Inclusion Officer and an Admin, Assistant would be employed to widen communication including Internet access and providing basic training.

The company is included in the local Maybole web-site and the project would utilise this availability.

Directors are all volunteers and have many years of professional experience and community involvement. Many have been associated with May-Tag Ltd since its creation.


Information Technology




Project Work

Employment Skills

Literacy & Numeracy


All of the above are available as

6 month courses for 18-24

Adults 6 months unemployed


Partnership is the way ahead for May-Tag and the company is working closely with South Ayrshire Council, Enterprise Ayrshire and Scottish Enterprise in two challenging, new projects which will start soon.


An exciting new mix and match pre-employment course for people who are excluded from other training courses, and need assistance and support to enable them to get jobs.

The course includes core employment skills and a combination of vocational skills appropriate to individual needs.


An environmental project to develop a site of historic tradition. This will result in a garden and leisure area which will benefit a part of the town lacking this type of amenity.

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