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.’