Coming soon: Get £5 back on £10 purchases using Amex when you ‘Shop Small’

If you have an American Express credit card (we’ve reviewed the Nectar American Express credit card here), you can make big savings on your Christmas shopping from this Saturday until 18th December with ‘Shop Small’.

American Express is the major UK sponsor of a scheme called ‘Shop Small’, designed to encourage you to shop in local independent stores instead of major chains.

Starting this Saturday 3rd December until 18th December, you will receive £5 cashback on EVERY transaction you make for £10 or more at a participating ‘Shop Small’ business.

There are very few rules apart from the fact that you can only get one £5 cashback per shop per card. You can, of course, register multiple American Express cards if you have more than one.

Shop Small

It is a simple process:

You MUST register your credit card before making a ‘Shop Small’ purchase.

An American Express Nectar credit card can be registered by going to the American Express website, logging in and looking under ‘My Offers’ on the statement page.

You can also register British Airways, Harrods, Costco, Starwood, Gold, Platinum, Platinum Cashback and Green American Express cards via this link. Corporate and pre-paid cards do not qualify.

If you have an American Express card issued by Lloyds Bank, Barclaycard or MBNA, you must register via this page.  TSB Amex cards cannot take part in this offer for some unknown reason.

You can register supplementary cards (an additional card held by your partner on the same account) as long as it has a different card number to your main card.


Find participating small shops

The main Shop Small site is which contains a link to an interactive map where you can find participating shops in your area.

It is worth noting that it is not just sellers of ‘things’ who are taking part. You may find cafes and even the occasional pub taking part!

Make a qualifying purchase of £10 or more

You can make one purchase per registered card per shop that is taking part in ‘Shop Small’.

If you have an American Express Nectar credit card, you should receive an email confirmation soon after making your purchase. This will not happen with some other American Express cards but your cashback will still turn up.

A £5 credit for every £10 purchase will be added onto your credit card statement within a few days!

PS. Our full review of the American Express Nectar credit card is here. It currently offers 20,000 Nectar points for signing up and spending £2,000 within three months.

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  1. ‘TSB Amex cards cannot take part in this offer for some unknown reason’

    Because they’re not interested in supporting small businesses.

  2. Does anyone know if a small business on the list has more than one location, does each branch count as a separate business or can you only get the rebate once?

    • My guess is that each “merchant account” is listed as a separate point on the map… if they have separate accounts then it should count as separate businesses? – I’ve found a few businesses locally that have an entry in a slightly odd location, but think it is just wherever the registered office is rather than shop front

      • Confirmed with amex on twitter that different locations will give the statement credit.

        @ludicrous1981 Hi Michael, good question. Yes, you would receive the credit for shopping at more than one merchant location. Good news! ^N

  3. ‘Not just sellers of ‘things’ …’

    Right! My dentist is included. This is new as last time I went, he only took Visa/MC.

  4. Just a small note of caution – I have come unstuck more than once with merchants being listed as participating and in fact they do not accept Amex at all. For example having ordered an Indian take-a-away listed on the Amex map it transpired that they did not accept the card!

    • Good point.

      However, there are those outlets with an AmEx sticker in the window that say they don’t take AmEx. Pressed, they say the AmEx machine is broken.

      Faced with this at a local restaurant, I asked them to process the payment manually. I was so distressed, I had to spread the cost over 4 AmEx cards. 🙂

      • I worked at an indpependent restaurant a few years back that could physically accept amex but the owner told us to say we didn’t take it as he didn’t want to pay the extra merchant fees.

        Ironically, there was an American Express shop small striker in the window that we couldn’t remove.

    • When this happened to me last year I called Amex and they manually credited me with £5

      • Harrods was on the list last year (I suppose it’s an independent business) and I didn’t get the credit, so I called them up and got the £5 credited. A month or so later I got a random £5 credit on my account, which I assume was also from this.

  5. It is good that the period is for longer than the single day as in previous years I have been unable to use any offers due to being busy doing things other than shopping.

  6. Slightly OT, I have £5 credit for £10 Post Office spend on my PRG and BAEC cards.

    Last year, I could also use this on my other non-AmEx AmEx cards via Amex Network. This doesn’t (yet?) show this year. Any thoughts as to whether this will come this year?

    • Don’t suppose the post office offer will double stack with shop small, meaning £10 back on £10 spend?!

      • No. If a retail unit has a PO and a shop, the PO offer is for use in the actual PO whereas shop small is for the shop part (and not the PO).

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