Great Britain

Top Team UK finals

The ultimate challenge for professional service teams

15 November Leicestershire

Skills, knowledge and professionalism – that’s what Scania’s Top Team competition is all about. Our service teams play a decisive role in the customer experience. They work behind the scenes to get vehicles back on the road quickly, efficiently and safely. And there’s no better way for service staff to boost their competence than by taking part in the Scania Top Team competition, a training opportunity that will enhance their knowledge of Scania’s products and services.

UK winners the Exeter Griffins from Scania Exeter

Congratulations to the Exeter Griffins team members John, Craig, Robert, Rob and Ethan for winning the UK finals of Scania Top Team. And well done to everyone at Scania Exeter for their help and support.

Meet the UK finalists

10 teams from around the UK have been training for six months to prepare for the UK final. Regional finals will take place over the course of next year and the world final will be held in Sweden in December 2018.

'Boston Buccaneers' from Scania Boston From left to right: Jonny Cave, Gary Holmes, Barry Poll (Depot Manager), Mark Stanhope, Ben Howlett, Jason Dixon

'Droitwich Spartans' from Keltruck Droitwich From left to right: Matthew Godwin-Emerson (Technician and Team Coach), Gregory Lakin (Technician), Robert Beck (Parts Supervisor), Jack Smith (Apprentice Technician) Matthew Pettican (Branch Manager and Team Co-ordinator), Steven Greenhill (Technician)

'Exeter Griffins' from Scania Exeter From left to right: John Thorne, Craig Waller, Robert Millward, Rob Steer, Ethan Truscott

'Fenland Flyers' from Scania Spalding From left to right: Nick Cade, Chris Truepenny, Paul Giullari, Dan Woodcock, Mark Baldry, Mark Drakard

'Grim Reapers' from Keltruck Newark From left to right: Chris White, Daniel Russell, Mark Bull, Philip Haywood, Ian Spafford, Alex Hodson

'Just passing through' from Keltruck Willenhall From left to right: Neil Vazey, Bob Venables, Ashley Griffiths, Jack Smith, Bryan Taylor, Paul Cuss, Sebastien Buczek

'Pennine Power' from West Pennine Trucks Middleton From left to right from the top: Chris Allen (Depot Manager), Patrick Nevin, Anthony Reid, Craig Bower, Richard Whitehead, Chris Andrews, Andy Taylor

'Purfleet Allstars' from Scania Purfleet From left to right from the back: Robert King, Andrew Hatter, Steven Abbott, Aran Fransener, Paul Maynard

'Trafford Tigers' from West Pennine Trucks Trafford Park From left to right: John Minton, Zak Storah, Ryan Farmer, James Brennan, James Brace, Ian Hughes

'You’re never late in a V8' from Scania Bridgwater From left to right: Graham Taylor, Dan Nicholls, Paul Bartlett, Melanie Miles (Team Coach), Paul Stubbs, Stephen Vickery

Competition history

1989    Scania Top Team started in Sweden. In the early years, the competitions were restricted to Swedish workshop teams.

1996    The competition grew to include the five Nordic European markets (Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Denmark). The Nordic final was held in Angers , France.

1998     The Nordic final was held in Reykjavik, Iceland.

2001     The Nordic final was held in Prague, Czech Republic.

2003     The competition was extended to include 17 markets. The international final was held in Riga, Latvia.

2005     21 markets were represented. Two semi-finals were held (in Hungary and Denmark). The final took place in Istanbul, Turkey.

2007     A total of 31 markets were represented in the competition. The final was held in Warsaw, Poland.

2011     44 markets were represented in the competition, five regional finals were held and the World Final took place in Södertälje, Sweden.

2013     62 teams entered the Round One of the UK competition, with 53 making it through Round Two, with the European Finals in Koblenz, Germany and then the World Final in Södertälje, Sweden.

2015     The competition saw 64 teams enter Round One, with 61 teams making it through to Round Two. Keltruck Nottingham won the European Finals in Bratislava, Slovakia. This then took them to Södertälje, Sweden and saw the UK team finish a very close 2nd place behind the team from New Zealand.

2017     This year was a record with 78 teams entering Round One and Round Two. Our 10 Top Teams are now here in Leicestershire fighting for a space in the European Finals, to be held in Italy in Spring 2018. The World Final will once again take place in Södertälje, Sweden at the end of 2018.

The staff at the Scania Training Centre and the Scania events team would like to give thanks to all those who have helped with Top Team.