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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. 

Diploma entities have a win on bonds

QBE Insurance Group has recorded one win and one loss this month as it battles in the Supreme Court for the financial scraps left after the collapse of Perth companies Capital Works Constructions and Diploma Group.

Edtech businesses take different funding paths

SPECIAL REPORT: Three Perth tech companies servicing the education sector have completed major capital raisings, and all for exactly the same amount, but each chose a very different path.

Hartleys leads on capital deals

SPECIAL REPORT: Western Australian businesses participated in nearly 200 corporate finance transactions in the September quarter collectively worth $4.8 billion, research by Business News has found.

$31m for Albany wave farm

Carnegie Clean Energy has secured $16 million of state government funding for a wave energy project at Albany while also gaining conditional approval from the federal government to transfer nearly $12 million earmarked for its Garden Island project to Albany.

Deals lift Japanese presence

Acquisition deals involving Perth companies Programmed Maintenance Services, ASG Group and DVG Automotive Group show a growing Japanese presence in the market.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss property and construction, wave power, gold tax, WA's big dealmakers, and the latest Perth deal trends - edtech and Japanese investment.

Gold miners put heat on Libs

Ten gold sector leaders spoke in unison today about the damage they believe will flow from the state government’s hike in royalties, and also made clear they are targeting the Liberal Party to block the change.

Tianqi delivers industry boost

Chinese company Tianqi Lithium and its head contractor MSP Engineering are on track to achieve 80 per cent Western Australian content on two big construction projects worth more than $700 million.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer, Matt Mckenzie and Katie McDonald discuss the GST debate, Kerry Stokes and gas sector deals, WA's resource sector outlook, local content on big projects, population growth and residential builders.

French family invests $6m in Moodle

Perth software company Moodle, which has quietly grown to have more than 100 million registered users around the world, has accepted its first outside investment after rejecting multiple approaches from venture capital funds.

WA’s population grows just 0.7%

Growth in Western Australia’s population has continued near historically low levels, with almost 1,000 people per month leaving WA to live in other states, primarily Victoria.

ASX rejects gold royalties ‘Tanzania’ claim

The Australian Securities Exchange has asked the Chamber of Minerals & Energy of Western Australia to retract a statement claiming the ASX could force listed gold miners to suspend trading in their shares because of the planned increased in WA's gold royalty.

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.

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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.

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.