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. 

CBH tipped to lead

A DECADE ago Australia had 15 major grain handling and marketing organisations.

Mixed results for WA stocks

THREE Western Australian companies have been given a five-star rating in a national survey of corporate governance practices.

Review after rates rise

BUSINESS borrowers should review their cash flow projections to assess the impact of higher interest rates, accountants and finance brokers have recommended.

ATO told to go easy on GST fines

ACCOUNTING bodies have called on the Australian Tax Office to be more lenient with small and mid sized businesses that breach their GST obligations.

Roberts family’s rich pickings

The listing of Multiplex looms as one of the largest deals in WA this year. Mark Beyer takes a closer look at the mechanics of the listing.

Brookdale plant uncertainty

THE State Government could be forced to keep the controversial Brookdale waste treatment plant open next year because alternative facilities will not be completed on time.

Multiplex adds new director

MULTIPLEX has recently completed its board of directors by recruiting a former adviser to Prime Minister Paul Keating.

Prospectus reveals hit on core construction piece

MULTIPLEX’S core construction business in Australia and New Zealand suffered a net loss of $2.8 million in 2003, the company’s prospectus has revealed.

Close look from ASIC

COMMERCIAL lawyer Neal Fearis believes the Australian Securities and Investments Commission has tightened its scrutiny of schemes of arrangement during the past year.

IFRS a mystery: survey

A MAJORITY of chief financial officers is yet to identify the impact of the planned introduction of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in Australia, according to a new survey.

St John fund to Acumen

ST John Ambulance WA has outsourced its $45 million superannuation fund to Acumen Super.

Coates expands in Goldfields

COATES Hire has quietly spent nearly $10 million in the Goldfields region, acquiring two major industrial hire businesses.

Another tax partner goes out on his own

TAX accountant Mark Ceglinski has established his own specialist practice in West Perth after leaving Ernst & Young earlier this month.

Bulong shutdown begins

THE receiver of struggling nickel producer Bulong Nickel has commenced closing down its Goldfields plant, despite flickering hopes of a sale.

Tourism industry bank plans

TOURISM Council Western Australia has entered into negotiations with Bendigo Bank to establish a ‘tourism bank’ to service the industry.

Howarth’s new home

ONE year after leaving Westpac Banking Corporation, Tony Howarth has returned to the finance sector as chairman of Home Building Society.

Printer marks growth

WORLDWIDE Online Printing capped off nine years of growth by holding its first national convention for its 53 franchisees in Perth last weekend.

Lalor brothers set up their final departure

TWENTY-ONE years after establishing Sons of Gwalia, Peter and Chris Lalor are starting to prepare for a final departure.

Clough caught in waste split

COMMISSIONING problems on a $35 million waste treatment plant have led to a split between engineering group Clough, its technology partner Bedminster and the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council.

Two groups chase Burrup project

PLANS for industrial development on the Burrup Peninsula have taken an unexpected twist, with two groups of companies now competing for one project.

Planning arm for BankWest

ONE month after completing the sale of its 50 per cent shareholding in Plan B Financial Services, BankWest has launched its own financial planning business.

Tech troubles hit credit managers

CREDIT managers attending a conference last week had to deal with the fallout from a struggling telecommunications company.

Wage campaign hits restaurants

THE State Government has warned that it may prosecute employers who repeatedly fail to pay the correct award wages to their staff.

Investments a blow to RAC

A SECOND successive year of investment losses has nearly wiped out motoring club and insurance group RAC’s annual profit.

Financial planners take stock

The financial planning industry assembled last week for its annual conference. Mark Beyer reports on an industry striving to lift its game.  

Qualified welcome for reforms

THE Federal Government’s revised corporate law reforms have received a cautious welcome from accountants, auditors and company directors.

Debtor payments faster

TRADE payments by Australian industry have fallen to an average of 47 days, the lowest level in four years.

Tech stocks in takeover tangle

Thin Technologies and mBox have very similar histories but their future prospects could not be more different. Mark Beyer reports on two intriguing takeover battles.

AGM holds key to Burswood change

BURSWOOD shareholders will get a chance to have their say on new shareholder, Kerry Packer’s Publishing and Broadcasting Limited, when the gaming company holds its annual general meeting later this month.

Burrup costs add up

THE provision of additional infrastructure support is emerging as a key issue for planned industrial projects on the Burrup Peninsula.

Credit unions outgun rivals

Western Australia’s major non-bank lenders should be thriving in the midst of a booming housing market, but Mark Beyer finds a mixed record.  



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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New option for ‘top 100’ investors

MANY investors seeking the safe haven of blue chip stocks have experienced a rocky ride over recent months.

New office for planners

FINANCIAL planning group RetireInvest has opened a new city office and plans to follow up with 10 new franchisees around the State.

Hybrids market grows rapidly

FROM a standing start less than two years ago, hybrid securities have become a highly popular investment product.

Ethical investment takes off

WHEN most people think of ethical investments, companies like Energy Developments and Pacific Hydro, which make “green” energy, usually spring to mind.