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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. 

Mine tech pioneer lifts export focus

Kewdale company RCT has pioneered a lot of technology used in the mining industry, and its increased focus on export markets has lifted sales to a record level.

Hofmann seizes new opportunities

Bassendean-based Hofmann Engineering has credited increased orders from the mining sector and a major contract in the defence sector as the major drivers behind a surge in revenue to a record $149 million in its 50th year in business.

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PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss ASX listings, including Danny Pavlovich's Nutrition Systems, Spudshed's growing profit, shopping centre developments, profit results for contractors Ertech and Georgiou, successful METS companies Hofmann Engineering and RCT, and our special report on the Innovator of the Year awards.

Bodybuilder strikes $85m ASX deal

Perth bodybuilder Danny Pavlovich is planning a stock market listing of his business Nutrition Systems, which has quietly grown to become one of Australia's leading suppliers of supplements with annual sales of $50 million.

NEC wins police, health contracts

NEC Australia has been contracted to deliver ICT services to the WA Police Force and the state's major hospitals, with the two agreements collectively worth up to $97 million over seven years.

Entrepreneurs live the highs and lows

A new book profiling eight successful business people, including Murray McHenry, Rick Hart, Lew Beale and Kylie Radford, discusses what makes a great entrepreneur.

Velrada backs $10m tech fund

Perth-based IT consulting firm Velrada has established a technology incubator that will invest $10 million over three years to commercialise new products and software solutions.

IGO launches $312m Panoramic takeover

Independence Group is planning to take advantage of nickel miner Panoramic Resources’ operational issues and boardroom changes by launching a hostile scrip takeover bid.

Silver Lake hikes EganStreet bid

Silver Lake Resources has substantially improved the terms of its scrip takeover bid for EganStreet Resources, which disclosed today it had been approached by Adaman Resources with a competing cash offer.

Wodgina lithium plant to shut down

The $600 million Wodgina lithium project is being placed on care and maintenance, after its ownership was transferred to a joint venture between US company Albemarle Corporation and local company Mineral Resources.

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PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss housing challenge, state stimulus, Primewest IPO, big mining royalties, lithium, tech incubator, and our special report on commercial property.

Rinehart’s profits keep on rising

Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting and its subsidiary Roy Hill Holdings have delivered bumper profits off the back of higher iron ore prices, with Hancock posting a profit of $2.6 billion for the year to June 2019.

WA waste business launches $19m IPO

A recycling and waste management business led by Bob McKinnon and Tom Rudas has kicked off plans for a stock market listing, with the company hoping to “supercharge” its growth and turn recent losses

Wright pays $172m dividend

Perth-based Wright Prospecting has confirmed its status as one of the country’s most profitable companies, lifting its annual earnings on the back of higher iron ore prices and paying a whopping $172 million dividend to its owners.

Labor backs mining industry

Federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese has used a speech in Perth to defend the importance of the mining industry, saying the market should be allowed to determine which projects, including in the coal sector, are able to proceed.

Cardinal releases positive feasibility study

Cardinal Resources is pressing ahead with engineering studies for its Namdini gold project in Ghana after completing a feasibility study that delivered what it called a compelling and robust outcome.

Ibaera Capital lifts bid for Azumah

Azumah Resources’ firm rejection of Ibaera Capital’s initial takeover offer has paid dividends, with the private equity group agreeing to increase its offer for the West Perth-based miner.

$22m sale of WA cattle stations

ASX-listed Rural Funds Group has made its first investment in Western Australia, striking a $22 million deal to purchase three cattle stations that will be leased to Wagyu beef producer Stone Axe Pastoral Company.

Major policy shift targets international students

The McGowan has reversed one of its first policy initiatives, announcing over the weekend that Perth will once again be classified as a ‘region’, making it easier for international students to gain work after their studies.

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PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss stamp duty concessions, South Perth approvals, BGC's new boss, Karratha development, Kanopy entrepreneur, grain crop concerns, and our special report on environmental services.

Kanopy founder returning to Perth

Tech entrepreneur Olivia Humphrey is moving back to Perth after six years in San Francisco, where she has attracted new investors, top executives and a growing customer base to her video streaming business Kanopy.

Perron foundation set up for long-term future

Elizabeth Perron has been given the daunting task of continuing her late father’s philanthropic legacy. She spoke to Business News about how she is tackling this task.

From shale gas to philanthropy

Business colleagues Jonathan Stewart and Graham Dowland have found two very different ways to make a philanthropic impact.

Museum foundation sets big targets

Helping to establish a $35 million endowment fund for the WA Museum is the latest step in Jenny Allen’s philanthropic journey.

Data deployment shift as 5G nears

SPECIAL REPORT: Most data centre providers are upgrading their facilities in Perth, but one major player has cancelled a planned investment.

Criticisms continue for NBN as rollout nears completion

SPECIAL REPORT: Debate over broadband services is heating up as construction of the NBN approaches completion.

McGowan pressures BHP, Chevron

Premier Mark McGowan has firmly urged BHP and Chevron to reach agreements with Woodside Petroleum so the giant Browse and Scarborough gas projects can proceed.

Fed govt backs Alinta-FMG power station

The use of renewable energy in the mining sector is being given a boost, with the federal government and Alinta Energy jointly funding a $200 million solar facility that will help to power Fortescue Metals Group’s iron ore mines.

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PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Dan Wilkie discuss the Biome tourism project, Pilbara power, high rise in South Perth, Pindan, Santos, Woodside and big gas projects, cyber security, ICT infrastructure and philanthropy.

Aikins brings gift for generating giving

Fundraising is a mechanical process and 90 per cent of the work is research, according to an international expert visiting Perth next week.

Reality check needed on oil claims

ANALYSIS: Plans for oil exploration in the Canning Basin announced over the weekend may deliver good news for Western Australia, but some of the claims surrounding the latest drilling program are extravagant to say the least.

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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.

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.