THIS WEEK IN 1993: Worms turn into cash for business savvy youngster

Michael Thompson, 14, unexpectedly started up his own business after he was forced to knuckle down on GCSE work (3182-1)
Michael Thompson, 14, unexpectedly started up his own business after he was forced to knuckle down on GCSE work (3182-1)
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Pressures of schoolwork led 14-year-old Michael Thompson to worm his way to success with an environmentally-sound business enterprise.

Gardeners on Hayling Island were clamouring for supplies of his wriggling red worms, pictured, which could rapidly turn compost into top-quality soil.

Michael’s entrepreneurial career began when he had to abandon weekly freshwater fishing trips to keep up with GCSE homework at St John’s College, Southsea.

Speaking of his new-found success, Michael said: ‘I wasn’t able to use my stock of red worms, so I just left them alone and they started breeding.

‘Then I realised they could be used to turn kitchen and garden waste into really good compost.

‘I am just about keeping pace with demand.’