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Mark Beyer

As editor, Mark oversees the day-to-day online news at Business News. His particular brief is following major deals, the professions and private/family businesses. Mark has 35 years' career experience, primarily in business journalism. Before becoming a journalist, he was an economist with the Commonwealth Treasury in Canberra. He has worked for The Australian Financial Review and The West Australian, and also has public relations and corporate affairs experience. 

BGC out of HIA 100

Dale Alcock’s ABN Group has been listed as the largest residential builder in WA in the latest Housing Industry Association top 100 ranking, but more intriguing is the disappearance of long-time industry leader BGC and the inaugural listing of Ventura Home Group.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss Perth house prices, CBD developments, charity funding and Lotterywest, Perth Stadium and the gold sector.

Frigtech expands to northern NSW

Geraldton-based contractor Frigtech Services, which has grown to have six branches across Western Australia, has expanded to the east coast by purchasing a NSW business after a two-year evaluation.

Gender a non-issue for new female directors

Perth's top 20 ASX companies hit a big milestone this month, albeit only for one day – for the first time ever, they all had at least one female director. Click through to read about some of the talented women who made this happen.

Rose wins scholarship to US

BHP Billiton manager Kirsten Rose is heading to one of the world’s top universities this month for a leadership course after being selected for a Chief Executive Women scholarship.

Karratha opposes new Fifo camp

The City of Karratha has strongly opposed Woodside Petroleum’s plans for a 700-bed fly-in, fly-out camp, but the final decision rests with Planning and Lands Minister Rita Saffioti, who is playing her cards close to her chest.

MinRes, Galaxy trade blows over director

Perth companies Mineral Resources and Galaxy Resources have waded into an extraordinary dispute over their respective corporate governance standards, triggered by the role played by Chinese businesswoman Xi Xi.

ICWA steps up Bell Group spending

The Insurance Commission of Western Australia increased spending on the Bell Group litigation to $9.6 million last financial year, while also revealing in its annual report it has applied to the Supreme Court for a single trial to cover all related matters.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss Nev Power leaving FMG, safe harbour legislation, women on WA boards, stamp duty setback and labour markets.

1-Page sells US business

Listed company 1-Page is looking for new ways to spend its $26 million cash balance after selling its US technology business, which lost about $45 million over three years.

More protection for company directors

Safe-harbour reforms that deliver greater protection for directors of financially stressed companies have passed through both houses of federal parliament.

Barrick Gold has landmark win in $54m dispute

A Supreme Court ruling handed down this week casts doubt on how the state government has calculated stamp duty on mining company takeovers, potentially overcharging miners tens of millions of dollars over more than a decade.

MinRes, Zenith add board diversity

Perth companies Mineral Resources and Zenith Energy have added to the diversity of their boards, appointing Chinese businesswoman Xi Xi and local executive Stephanie Unwin to their respective boards.

New Marketforce CEO stirs the pot

Advertising agencies are rapidly evolving as traditional creative agencies, digital specialists, media buyers and other players bump up against each other in unexpected ways.

WellteQ chasing global opportunity

SPECIAL REPORT: A health software startup with key backers in Perth is targeting a $US1.2 billion market led by global player Virgin Pulse.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss the state budget, contractor collapses, Lisa Scaffidi, advertising industry, ageing population and corporate wellness.

Stamp duty windfall from large deal

The state government has budgeted for a $169 million stamp duty windfall from a single ‘property’ transaction, the latest in a string of large deals that have boosted its coffers.

State debt to peak at $43.8bn

Western Australia’s net debt is set for further big increases over the next three years before coming down slightly once the government’s budget returns to surplus in 2020-21.

Merger changed Perth legal landscape

It was 20 years’ ago this month that Perth’s two largest law firms surprised the business community by merging their operations. Herbert Smith Freehills hosted many of the 50-plus partners who were there at the time to mark the occasion.

Fogarty expands via McWilliams deal

Fogarty Wine Group’s Margaret River Vintners business has expanded its operations, taking on the Evans & Tate brand and assets, the Smithbrook and Pemberton Estate vineyards, and buying the Amadeus vineyard at Wilyabrup

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss WA entrepreneurs, manufacturing merger, recycling deal, retail property, the sports stadium and the fashion industry.

Galati, Harcourt among finalists in entrepreneur awards

The founders of four Western Australian businesses, in industries ranging from mining software and horticulture to construction and industrial equipment, have been selected as finalists in the 2017 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards.

ACCC backs merger of WA manufacturers

Two low-profile manufacturers that jointly employ more than 1,000 people in Western Australia are set to come under single ownership after the competition watchdog approved the purchase by US company Tronox of Cristal’s titanium dioxide business.

UWA Business School board bolstered

The UWA Business School board has continued to attract the state’s corporate leaders, with Shell Australia’s new chairman Zoe Yujnovich and incoming Wesfarmers boss Rob Scott the latest new faces.

Boral hit by WA slowdown

Building products manufacturer Boral has been dented by the continued weak performance of its Western Australian operations, reporting lower underlying earnings and a $20 million asset impairment for its WA bricks business.

Thai company buys Perth waste business

Three interconnected waste management businesses in Perth face a sudden change of fortune after Aurigen Group went into voluntary administration, a Thai company bought the Brockwaste plant in Shenton Park, and listed company AnaeCo positioned itself to work on the planned restart of the plant.

Labor to end Serco prison contract

The McGowan government has announced the Wandoo minimum security prison will be returned to the public sector, despite an independent review this year finding private contractor Serco had met or exceeded expectations.

Fini advocates more regulation for a better city

Increased regulation and flexible zoning laws were two of the innovative ideas put forward at a conference on Perth’s development.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss mining recovery, Ikea, Margaret River planning, Historic Heart project and retail property developments.

Santanol dispute heads to court

A group of Western Australian investors has started legal action against US-based KKR, calling on the private equity giant to buy them out of Indian sandalwood producer Santanol Group at fair value or else have the business wound-up.

Labour hire firm to build on $12m IPO

Labour hire company The Go2 People is hoping its geographic diversification, along with two acquisitions by its fledgling building division, will attract investor support for its $12 million initial public offering.

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Shortlist to run Rio facilities

Sodexo has been shortlisted with two other companies to manage all of Rio Tinto’s camps and other facilities in the Pilbara, in the same week it has been awarded a contract to run Shell’s Prelude Floating LNG facility.

TPG to end ‘country club’ culture

The final step in TPG Telecom’s takeover of iiNet is due to happen today, when iiNet shareholders will be paid $9.55 per share, however, staff and customers face an uncertain future.

Civmec gets nod for $196m project

A joint venture comprising Henderson-based contractor Civmec and international engineering firm Black & Veatch has been selected as preferred proponent for a $196 million wastewater project south of Perth.

Chinese group buys Kailis Bros

The Kailis family has folded its Kailis Bros seafood business into a larger, newly-capitalised venture called KB Foods that will be 90 per cent owned by Hong Kong-listed conglomerate Legend Holdings. Click through to see the multiple WA businesses owned by members of the Kailis family in WA. 

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TPG to end ‘country club’ culture

The final step in TPG Telecom’s takeover of iiNet is due to happen today, when iiNet shareholders will be paid $9.55 per share, however, staff and customers face an uncertain future.

Canberra is "really hopeless": Walsh

WA industry leaders Richard Goyder, Sam Walsh and Andrew Forrest lined up today to criticise deputy prime minister Julia Gillard and the federal government's tax and economic policies.

Perth tech pioneer passes away

Conrad Crisafulli, who was one of the pioneers of venture capital investing and technology commercialisation in Western Australia, has died after a long illness.

Woodside to spend $400m on Fifo camp

Woodside Petroleum is hoping to win state government backing for a new 700-bed fly-in, fly-out camp at Karratha, after selecting a consortium led by Multiplex and Compass Group to build, own and operate the facility.