Mark Beyer

Mark Beyer has responsibility for all content produced by Business News, including daily online news, the fortnightly magazine and the BNiQ database. As well as overseeing the Editorial team, he has a particular interest in reporting on corporate finance, the professions and family business. Mark has 35 years' career experience, primarily in business journalism. He has worked for The Australian Financial Review and The West Australian, and also has public relations and corporate affairs experience. Before becoming a journalist, he was an economist with the Commonwealth Treasury in Canberra. 

Dockers dented by annual loss

A 10 per cent fall in membership revenue and a spike in administration, marketing and redundancy costs have conspired to deliver a $1.6 million annual loss for the Fremantle Dockers.

Goldminers urged to avoid mutual devastation

Warring joint venture partners Northern Star Resources and Tribune Resources have been cautioned by a Supreme Court judge to avoid a 'Stalingrad' outcome of mutual commercial devastation.

$70m deal blocks further claims, court told

A 2008 agreement between Julian Wright’s two children and family company Wright Prospecting precluded further claims, a Supreme Court trial has been told.

AECOM wins bridge contract

An unusual partnership between the Perth Children's Hospital Foundation and the state government has underpinned the planned construction of a pedestrian bridge in Nedlands for an estimated $6.3 milli

Wirra Hub backs indigenous business

A new services hub backed by the Wirrpanda Foundation and $10 million of government funding aims to fill market gaps for indigenous businesses.

New start at JacMac

Law firm Jackson McDonald has announced a raft of leadership changes, including a new chair, board members and partners, along with new branding as it seeks to refresh its market profile.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss the China travel ban extension, Woodside project challenges, AirBNB regulations, Wright family feud, Roy Hill, Wayne Martin joins a WA innovator, the launch of our Great for the State second series, and our special report on ports and transport.

Power rests with a select few

This year’s Most Influential feature has been narrowed down to the 50 people in WA making the biggest impact in business and politics.

Woodside defers Browse LNG decision

Woodside Petroleum has deferred a final investment decision on the giant Browse gas project as it deals with the complexity of the planned development and unresolved commercial differences with its partners.

MinRes ramps-up iron ore

Mineral Resources is focused on ramping-up its iron ore operations after a major restructuring last year of its lithium assets, with the company also declaring an increased dividend today.

Northern Star lifts earnings, dividends

Shares in Northern Star Resources have continued their steady recovery back towards record levels after the gold miner reported improved half-year profits, declared higher dividends and foreshadowed further growth.

Wright family in court over iron ore fortune

Julian Wright has commenced legal action in the Supreme Court, claiming he was defrauded when he sold his share of the family company to his siblings, 'rich listers' Angela Bennett and the late Michael Wright.

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PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss coronavirus, South Perth and Subiaco developments, Indiana Teahouse, property report, retail failures, mining contracts, how to turn a $6 million punt into a $30 million debt, and our special report on Western Australia's most influential people.

Argonaut wins ruling on 79.5% pa loan

Finance group Argonaut has won a Supreme Court ruling against Perth company director Russell Moran, who could owe in excess of $30 million after taking out a high-interest loan six years ago to buy sh

Private companies deliver strong growth

Private companies and not-for-profit businesses play a prominent role in the West Australian economy, with annual revenue at the top 20 exceeding $32 billion, according to data compiled by Business News.

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PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss coronavirus and Brexit, new Chevron HQ, new office fund, WA’s biggest venture capital fund, discounted payment terms, workplace tragedies, City of Perth elections and our feature on Private Business.

Sodexo signs $180m contracts

The renewal of four major contracts with Fortescue Metals Group and Rio Tinto has maintained Sodexo’s status as the largest operator in the state’s facilities management sector.

BetterLabs expands fund to $23m

BetterLabs Ventures, RAC’s early stage seed fund, has become WA’s largest venture capital fund with the announcement last night it had expanded to $23 million.

Rio scraps controversial payment scheme

Rio Tinto has scrapped a practice that allowed it to discount payments to small business suppliers, two weeks after the state government forced the Water Corporation to make a similar change.

Euroz improves net profit

Euroz has reported an unaudited net profit of $8.5 million for the half year to December 2019, reflecting a strong performance by most of its funds management subsidiaries and a solid result from its

WA media’s waning influence

Western Australia faces a major challenge because of the declining influence of the traditional news media, according to one of the state’s top advertising executives.

BHP expands new division

BHP has detailed the rapid expansion of its recently established Operations Services subsidiary, which it says is delivering better results than the maintenance contractors it has displaced from its iron ore and coal operations.

John Holland wins $59m PTA contract

John Holland has won its first substantial contract in Western Australia in several years, with the Public Transport Authority of WA awarding the Chinese-owned company a contract for track maintenance services on Perth's urban rail network.

Advisers compete on 733 deals

Azure Capital, Canaccord Genuity and DLA Piper were among the most active advisers on corporate finance deals in 2019.

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In this podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss stockmarket highs, tourism buoyed, Scott Park Group, Jeanswest into administration, FMG's exploration tenement battle, and our special report on corporate finance.

Abu Dhabi investor backs WA waste project

A global investment company based in the Middle East has become the fourth equity investor in a $511 million waste-to-energy project that commenced construction at Rockingham this month.

Waste projects shift the dial

Western Australia is leading the country in the adoption of waste-to-energy projects, with $1.2 billion being invested in two path-breaking facilities under construction.

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PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss market jitters, corporate Australia's response to the bushfires, waste-to-energy projects, LNG production, Pluto expansion, a new Perth hotel development, and our special report on the aged care industry.

Medicinal cannabis IPOs seek $18m

Perth companies Emerald Clinics and Little Green Pharma are seeking to raise up to $18 million ahead of stock market listings as they pursue very different strategies in the medicinal cannabis market.

$511m waste project to proceed

Construction of Western Australia’s second large scale waste-to-energy project will begin this month near Rockingham after the development consortium reached financial close just before Christmas.

Woolies tops biggest employers

Business News’s updated ranking of WA’s largest employers highlights the increased use of casual and contract staff.



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.

Cooper & Oxley on the brink

Cooper & Oxley Builders, which is one of the 10 largest construction companies in Perth, has suspended work on its projects while it reviews its financial viability.

JCY goes into liquidation

Major Perth architecture practice JCY has been placed into liquidation after being hit by the slowdown in work volumes, pricing pressures and losses on the Perth Children’s Hospital.

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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.

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.

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.