Cheffins, one of the region’s leading estate agencies, has promoted Lauren Blake as the new head of the Newmarket office, following the retirement of Neil Harris.

Lauren, who has 17 years of experience working in estate agency, will now lead the ten-person strong team from the Cheffins Newmarket office, situated on the town’s High Street.

Her appointment is announced following the retirement of Neil Harris, who joined Cheffins in 1989. Lauren Blake joins the Newmarket team following seven years at the Cheffins Cambridge office and will lead the office’s residential sales and lettings departments, covering all sectors from the market from flats through to high end family homes.


She comments: “I am pleased to be joining the already successful team in Newmarket and am ready to ensure that Cheffins continues to be one of the leading estate agencies in the local area. We will continue to provide an exceptional service for clients both in Newmarket town centre and the surrounding villages and I look forward to ensuring that the branch continues to thrive.”

Mark Peck, Head of Residential at Newmarket says: “With a strong existing team in place and the appointment of Lauren Blake, we are confident that the Newmarket office will be left in good hands following Neil’s retirement. Lauren has a wealth of experience and an in-depth knowledge of the local area; I am sure that she will provide excellent leadership and further our strong track record in the region.”

Lauren Blake continues: “Having lived in the Newmarket area for the past decade, I have seen the town go through some significant changes. It is consistently improving and seeing inward investment, and there are a number of new property developments which will offer some fantastic family homes in the local area. The town centre is seeing a strong rejuvenation plan, whilst the villages around the town continue to be some of the most sought-after in East Anglia. The Newmarket property market is seeing steady price growth throughout all sectors, with consistent demand from both Cambridge and London-based buyers. The town and surrounding villages saw a significant uptick in demand following the Covid-19 pandemic, as the race for space encouraged buyers to the area in search of greater value for money. This year has already seen a stable market, and we have a strong pipeline of sales in place. We are currently marketing a number of desirable properties throughout Newmarket and the town centre, both for sale and to let, and are in need of more to offer to our very active buyer base.”

Neil Harris retired from Cheffins on 30th June 2022.

For more information, or if you have a property to sell or to let in the Newmarket area, contact the Cheffins Newmarket office on 01638 663 228 or email