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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 overseing 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. 

Security not an issue with debtor finance

In the final part of our cash flow management series, Mark Beyer looks at finance options.

Lawyers maintain global focus

FOR corporate lawyers Geoffrey Grice and Rupert Lewi, the return to Perth has been smoother than for many other professionals.

Opportunities there for the creating

ONE of the common laments of people wanting to return to Perth is that there aren’t enough good opportunities in the local business sector.

A withering return

AFTER 19 years working in high finance in London, Simon Withers has used his return to Perth to make a clean break.

Technology accounts for cash flow issues

In part three of our series on cash flow management, Mark Beyer looks at the role of technology.

Deloitte team tackles fraud

COMPANIES worried about corporate fraud have recently been given stark reminders about the magnitude of the problem.

‘Young’ talent times its return

Dozens of talented young people leave Perth every year for the excitement and opportunity of bigger cities. But there is also a steady flow of returnees. What brings them back? And how do they cope with ‘Dullsville’? Mark Beyer reports.

Water business

THE Water Corporation has launched a business improvement program that is likely to lead to further staff cuts.

Ripper’s budget warning

THE rising value of the Australian dollar risks putting a big dent in the State Government’s budget figures, Treasurer Eric Ripper said this week.

Hartleys plans for growth

THE management team leading the buyout of broking firm Hartleys is planning substantial growth over the coming six months as it moves toward completion of the transaction next month.

Chevron advances Gorgon plan

CHEVRONTEXACO has surprised the local engineering industry by deciding to build the Gorgon gas project along similar lines to the North West Shelf project.

Back-door listing costs rising

BACK-DOOR listings have enabled many small Perth companies to make it onto the Australian Stock Exchange, but rising costs could change the equation.

Report backs tax breaks

A FEDERAL parliamentary report has added its voice to calls for tangible action, including tax concessions, to arrest the slide in mineral exploration spending in Australia.

Community banks defy sceptics

IT was just five years ago when the small Victorian towns of Rupanyup and Minyip joined forces with Bendigo Bank to establish Australia’s first Community Bank.

Xanadu boss leaves after $6.2m loss

XANADU Wines is seeking a new chief executive after Andrew Moore resigned from the company following last year’s unexpectedly large $6.2 million net loss.

Debt collectors bounce back

AUSTRALIA’S publicly listed debt collection companies have improved their financial performance over the past year but the sector as a whole is characterised by weak earnings.

Small firms face slow payment from debtors

In the second part of our series on cash flow management, Mark Beyer looks at trends in trade payments.

Gorgon – content not clear

THE Western Australian government gave in-principle support this week for what could be one of Australia’s biggest resource projects but major questions remain about the amount of work local industry will pick up from the Gorgon project.

Paterson Ord Minnett faces merger pressure

GLOBAL banking group JPMorgan is likely to sell its 50 per cent shareholding in Paterson Ord Minnett unless the local broking firm agrees to merge with Sydney-based Ord Minnett this year.

Epic saga heads to finish line

The long-running saga over ownership of the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline is heading towards a climax, with two bidders at the forefront, as Mark Beyer reports.  

Freo museum claims a first

THE $36 million WA Maritime Museum at Fremantle Harbour won the major prize at this year’s engineering excellence awards, following its success in the State’s architecture awards.

Confidence in cash flow sadly lacking

In the first part of our series on cash flow management, Mark Beyer introduces some strategies businesses can employ.

Paterson rolls in to the east

BROKING firm Paterson Ord Minnett’s national expansion took another step forward this week when Burdett Buckeridge Young’s corporate finance team started with the firm in Sydney.

Sands & Mac changes hands for a third time

OFFICE supply business Sands & McDougall is about to change hands for the third time in two and a half years.

Fleetwood rides high on the 3Rs

FLEETWOOD Corporation managing director Greg Tate has a simple way of explaining the company’s business.

Wesfarmers forges Alinta link on gas

WESFARMERS and Alinta have formally teamed up for a possible joint bid for the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline.

State changes two key parts of tax laws

THE State Government has responded to industry criticism by modifying two key aspects of its business tax reforms.

Review reveals underperformers

SONS of Gwalia, Austal, Iluka Resources, Clough, Woodside and Burswood are among the best known companies in Western Australia.

Lease options can shift risk

In the final part of our fleet management series, Mark Beyer seeks advice from some of the major players in the local market.

Software firms report growth

ACCOUNTING and business software suppliers MYOB and Reckon have both reported solid growth in sales and profits in their latest financial results.

Fleet buyers looking east

CAR rental firms and fleet managers are starting to purchase and licence vehicles in Queensland and Victoria to avoid high taxes in Western Australia.

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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.