Nick has had a stroke and is unwell.
His fighting spirit and the love of his good lady wife, Denise, will see him through his darkest hours though, that I have no doubt.
I have met Nick many a time at the Painters Arms in Drighlington near Leeds. There I have always filmed him, as I knew he was an extraordinary man, a working class man, if that is not a term of derision these days, who found his niche in life, and most of us struggle to find a niche in our own lives, don’t we?
You see Nick Hogan pulled his life up from his bootstraps and started a business empire in Bolton, Lancashire where he had a simple rule, keep the paying customers happy and they will keep on coming in the front door! Nick Hogan dared to do what most of us armchair bloggers and armchair political 'philosophers' dare not, he rolled up his sleeves and put his money where his mouth is! Like many a businessman/woman he took risks in a daunting business world…and he won!
He won, that is, until the smoking ban came into this country in 2007. Before then he fought against it, just like his friend and mentor, Hamish Howitt, who also fought this heinous ban, and both of them paid the ultimate price, a price that good businessmen/women try to avoid like the plague… bankruptcy.
To Nick and Hamish bankruptcy is akin to being a killer, they think they killed their own business and laid off working mums and dads and turned their backs on their clientele because of their mismanagement of their properties. Which could not be further from the truth. They live and breath their business and try to pull heaven and earth together to please everyone, but there is no pleasing some people, people that that don’t even contribute to their/your pride and joy.
Then faceless bureaucrats, along with hatemongers, listening to lies and distortions, decide to put these good people out of business at the stroke of a pen and criminalised them. Who are these faceless people who have so much influence over business???
Worry, failing business through no fault of your own, tangling with officialdom over something that a few months/years ago was not a problem and the general public never saw it as a threat (and never will) to their health and wellbeing, and it has took it’s toll on the likes of Nick and Hamish, the good businessmen of this world, It took it’s toll on Inez Ward, who had a heart attack while dealing with her pubco. It pays not to argue, or make waves, in fact it could save your life!
Inez Ward, Justice for Licensees.
Below is one of several videos I took of Nick Hogan, he is indeed a man of our times.
You can contact Nick on Facebook here.
Get well soon mate.
I am thinking of you Amazing Bunni, I know that your life has been threatened by the ultra left and your blogosphere friends are working to help you in your hour of need. Respect Bunni and keep safe.