ONE of the UK’s leading comedy magicians – and a Brighton resident for 30 years – has been announced as the compere for the 12th edition of the Brighton and Hove Business Awards.

Paul Zenon has appeared in venues all over the world ranging from the Mirage, Luxor, Orleans and Tropicana Casinos in Las Vegas, to the London Palladium, the Burj Al Arab and the Kempinski Resort in the Seychelles.

Television credits include White Magic with Paul Zenon on ITV1, The Culture Show on BBC2, The One Show on BBC1 and a special guest in Dictionary Corner on Channel Four’s Countdown .

In 2015 Paul was the recipient of the Carlton Award for Comedy presented to him at the Magic Circle headquarters in London, where he is a Member of the Inner Circle with Gold Star, the highest degree attainable.

This year he was presented with the Ken Dodd Award for Comedy by the man himself.

Paul will be presenting 15 trophies to some of Brighton’s biggest and best – and youngest and newest – who make this year’s Brighton and Hove Business Awards at the Proud Country House in Stanmer Park on Thursday September 14.

Tickets costs £80 plus VAT and include a drinks reception, three course meal and after party until 2am.

They can be purchased online at

Sponsors include MD Hub, the University of Brighton, Red7, Healys, Churchill Square and NatWest who join City Cabs, Yelo Architects, Graves Jenkins, Chamber of Commerce, Cardens, Martin Searle Solicitors and Robinson Low Francis.

The awards are supported by the Big Lemon, Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce, Gemini Print, Brighton Business Curry Club, Brighton and Hove City Council and Brighton and Hove Tourism Alliance.

Juice 107.2 FM, Platinum Business and Title Sussex join The Argus as media sponsors.

They have all come together to create a competition which acknowledges the diversity and uniqueness of Brighton and celebrates those companies, organisations and individuals who really build the Brighton brand.