Discover the remarkable journey of Kelli Aspland and Laura Waters, finalists at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2023, as they revolutionize sun safety with their innovative Solar Buddies sunscreen applicator, proving that entrepreneurial dreams can shine brilliantly.

Kelli Aspland and Laura Waters are the pioneering entrepreneurs behind Solar Buddies, the world’s first sunscreen applicator. While juggling the demands of motherhood in 2011, Kelli and Laura struggled to find an easy way for their young children to apply sunscreen at school. Taking matters into their own hands, they set out on a mission to design a solution. 

After years of dedication, their vision came to life in 2014 with the launch of Solar Buddies. The innovative product allows people of all ages to quickly and evenly apply sunscreen on their own. 

Solar Buddies has since become a global phenomenon, with sales increasing 276% this year alone. Securing investment from Dragons’ Den stars Peter Jones and Deborah Meaden marked a major milestone, propelling the company into new markets. “We always knew the product would help many people but never in our wildest dreams did we think it would be loved as much as it is!” says Kelli. 

Despite the whirlwind success of their thriving business, Kelli and Laura remain grounded and focused on their mission to make sun safety accessible for all. Looking ahead, the entrepreneurs have big plans in the pipeline to continue expanding the reach of their brand. While the details remain top secret for now, their vision and determination show no signs of slowing.

Kelli and Laura’s inspirational journey from mum inventors to international business leaders serves as a shining example of entrepreneurial spirit. As finalists in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2023, their story proves that with hard work and perseverance, any dream is possible. To learn more about these inspiring entrepreneurs and their award-winning company, visit