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In the week that Wendy Alexander announced more support for "native" Scottish business start-ups as opposed to inward investment, comes a story to warm the cockles of the heart of the Minister for Lifelong Learning and just about everything else.

A fourth-year girl in a Glasgow secondary had a reputation for being "difficult" and as a poor attender was targeted by the school's rewards system. Such was her improvement that she won pound;100 worth of vouchers for WH Smith.

The young lady then displayed the kind of entrepreneurial acumen which marks her out for greatness - she sold the vouchers to her pals for pound;70.

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