School leavers and students planning their prom outfits are being invited to attend the Derby Prom Fair, an event where local stores and designers will be showcasing their dazzling dresses and stylish suits.
The Derby Prom Fair is being staged by East Midlands training and apprenticeship provider EMA Training, at their new digital hub on Siddals Road, which was previously the home of the Derby Telegraph.
The free event on April 22 will offer a range of new and second-hand dresses and suits and aims to be a one-stop shop for young people planning to be the best dressed at their school prom or leavers event.
There is also the opportunity to win a free limousine or chauffeur-driven car to their prom by entering a prize draw on the day.
EMA Training Chief Executive officer, Tracey Mosley, said: “We work with hundreds of young people and we’ve been hearing a lot of excitement about upcoming proms, not just from this year’s school leavers, but some events are being held now because they were cancelled during lockdown.
“Our new offices are spread over three floors and we are wonderfully central in the heart of the city, so we thought it made sense to get as many stores and designers as possible under one roof.
“We still have space for some additional suppliers, so if anyone selling dresses, suits, accessories or shoes would like to attend I’d urge them to get in touch now.”
The training and apprenticeship provider opened its 9,000 sq ft digital hub in February after the firm expanded from 10 members of staff to 30 in the last two years.
The firm spent £75,000 renovating the property to create three floors of collaborative working space, break-out areas, exam suites and networking facilities.
It prides itself on its success – in the last five years, 94% of EMA Training apprentices have been successful in gaining employment following its support.
Mrs Mosley added: “Teenagers have been some of the hardest hit during the pandemic with disruption to their education and exams. And away from their textbooks many also missed out on their school leaver’s day and prom.
“We really hope our young people shall go to the ball this year and that this event will sprinkle a little fairy dust over the planning process.”
If you would like to showcase your prom outfits at the event please email: [email protected].
Tickets for the free event, which starts at 1pm, are available here: Derby Prom Fair Tickets, Fri 22 Apr 2022 at 13:00 | Eventbrite.