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Mark Beyer

As news 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. 

Radium’s capital R&D funds plan

Companies investing in research and development have access to an increasingly competitive new source of finance.

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.

CSR closes Perth factory

Building products company CSR has closed its Jandakot glass factory resulting in the loss of 58 jobs, though growth by competitors including Walshs Glass and Tough Glass will mitigate the impact.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss FMG's native title stoush, trucking sector restructuring, Quintis drama, economic update, honey, and the onshore oil and gas sector. 

Native title winners seek Fortescue compo

Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation will seek compensation from Fortescue Metals Group after the Federal Court recognised it has exclusive rights over Pilbara land where the company operates the Solomon hub.

PSC buys Perth broker

PSC Insurance Group has bought National Franchise Insurance Brokers in a deal worth up to $1.2 million, two months after the Subiaco-based firm was placed into administration.

Nepean buys Sandvik operation

Privately-owned mining equipment supplier Nepean Conveyors is aiming to expand its manufacturing operations in Perth after buying the global conveyor business of Swedish company Sandvik.

M&A deals take surprise twists

SPECIAL REPORT: Perth companies Macmahon Holdings and ASG Group have illustrated how contested takeover deals can deliver unexpected outcomes.

Crowdfunding to offer new equity opportunity

SPECIAL REPORT: Small and mid-sized businesses will soon have a new option for raising capital when crowd-sourced funding legislation takes effect. 

Brookfield’s rail arm widens focus

Brookfield Rail has changed its name to Arc Infrastructure as it looks to diversify its business beyond the state’s rail freight network into related assets like ports and intermodal terminals.

Hire calling for movies on demand

A Perth business that considers itself the Airbnb of cinema has added North America to its international expansion, four years after launching the ‘cinema on demand’ concept locally.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss property development, university donations, lithium action, crowd-funding and Japanese buyers. 

Third Chinese bank opens Perth branch

China Construction Bank has become the third Chinese banking group to establish a presence in Perth, and those managing its operations are planning to make a larger impact than the competition.

Macmahon shareholders approve AMNT deal

Macmahon Holdings chairman Jim Walker said the contract miner would focus on executing its growth plans after shareholders voted overwhelmingly today in support of a tie-up with Indonesian company PT Amman Mineral Nusa Tenggara (AMNT).

UWA campaign exceeds $400m

Former Wesfarmers boss Trevor Eastwood has stayed out of the limelight since exiting Perth’s corporate scene, but has broken his silence to publicise his largest-ever philanthropic donation.

Landmark deal for MIS investors

Dogged legal action led by Fremantle-based Primary Securities has given investors in a failed Willmott Forests scheme the prospect of getting a return on their money.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss Paladin's collapse, Fastbrick Robotics, Peet and Perron Group, indigenous contracting and this year’s Total Shareholder Return survey.

300-plus truckies lose their licence

More than 300 truck drivers in Western Australia have had their licences suspended after the state government alleged they failed to pass their driving test.

Lavan boss joins HHG

West Perth law firm HHG Legal Group has bolstered its leadership team by recruiting Lavan executive chairman Greg Gaunt, who expects the move will rejuvenate his career.

Report carves-up remuneration

Chief executives at mid-cap companies in Western Australia are better paid than their peers in other states, but those at small companies in WA are worse off, an in-depth remuneration survey has found. Click through to access the report. 

Resources for a robotic future

Three resources sector leaders have given very different insights into the role robotics and automation may play in the industry’s future.

Paladin Energy into administration

Uranium miner Paladin Energy, which at its peak was one of WA’s most valuable companies, has lost its battle to stay afloat after creditor Electricite de France demanded repayment of a $US277 million ($A370 million) debt.

$100m-plus for indigenous businesses

Fortescue Metals Group, Chevron and Rio Tinto have announced six new deals with indigenous businesses and charities, with the winners including Pilbara contractor Wirlu-murra Yindjibarndi Enterprises and Perth stationery supplier Kulbardi.

Law firm moves into forensics

As the big accounting firms in Australia move to build up their legal practices, law firm Clayton Utz is pushing back, setting up its own forensics and technology services practice.

Renewables projects compete for backing

Competition among developers of renewable energy projects in WA's South West is hotting up, with two solar farms starting construction this year and a further eight major projects hoping to join them.

Support for new skilled visa list

The business sector has cautiously welcomed an updated list of occupations eligible for skilled migrant visas, which covers more than 200 occupations.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss BHP expansion, EPA decisions, renewable projects, Rising Stars, and BN Awards.

Barnaba leaves Macquarie, joins RBA

Five years after joining Macquarie Group as its Western Australian chairman, Mark Barnaba is leaving to pursue a career as a non-executive director, with his first new role to be on the board of Australia’s central bank.

Lithium supply to fall short: Tianqi

Global demand for lithium is expected to increase by three to four times by 2025 and projected supplies will not keep up, Tianqi Lithium Australia general manager Phil Thick told a Mining Club lunch today.

Wattnow on rapid growth trajectory

Derby business Wattnow Electrical has learned how to overcome major challenges on its way to achieving significant growth over the past three years.

Camera Electronic focused on growth

Fifty years after Ronald and Valerie Frank started a camera repair business from their home, their two sons oversee a fast-growing business that combines a new bricks-and-mortar store with an expanding online presence.

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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.

Aboriginal corporation defends joint venture

Western Australia’s second largest Aboriginal corporation has defended a joint venture with Perth contractor Gary Johnson following claims the agreement had produced unfair profits for Mr Johnson’s business.

BHP renews attack on Nationals

BHP Billiton’s top Australian executive has stepped up the company’s criticism of the WA Nationals' planned iron ore tax hike, two days after an opinion poll found high support for the proposal.