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Area Guide Shirley
Shirley is located in the borough of Solihull in the West Midlands. Shirley is a residential and retail neighbourhood with a rich history dating back to the Iron Age. A vibrant and multi-ethnic town, Shirley boasts cultural diversity and a unique character. There was rapid expansion here in the 19th and 20th centuries, which was aided by the coming of the railway in the early 1900s. The town today is home to many retailers and businesses, including many charity shops and independent retailers.
Setting up your business here
Shirley is home to many retailers and businesses, which take up the variety of retail and office space in the area. Oracle, Siemens and BAM have corporate offices in the Blythe Valley Park. The Touchwood Shopping Centre is home to many retailers and well-known brands. Other businesses in the area include computer repair firms, estate agents, couriers, internet marketing companies, management specialists and solicitors.
Culture and Entertainment
When it comes to entertainment, you will find a variety of options in and around Shirley. You will be able to enjoy the lively pubs in the town centre as well as heading to Solihull or Birmingham city centre, where you will find vibrant nightlife and a variety of entertainment venues.
Along the Stratford Road in nearby Solihull you will find a great choice of places to eat out. You can head to Karma Restaurant for some delicious Indian cooking, the Fortune Inn for delicious Chinese dishes or Suko to sample tasty Thai cuisine.
Access to over ground rail services is provided by Shirley railway station, with trains towards Birmingham allowing easy access for commuters who work in the city centre. A variety of local buses serve the area and taxis are readily available. A hub of the UK motorway system, Shirley offers main road links that ensure it is a convenient location for drivers.