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.
MUCKINBUDIN wheat farmer Allan Watson and Morawa wheat farmer Chris Moffet should have a lot in common.
But their common interest in the future of WA’s grains industry is divided by their off-farm roles.
THE Western Australian Government is finalising a new buy local scheme in partnership with independent supermarkets and WA food producers. The scheme, to be branded Buy WA First, is scheduled to be launched in early May.
THE past few weeks have brought good news to about 20 steel fabricators around Perth.
Engineering firm Monadelphous has been progressively sub-contracting $30 million worth of work for BHP Billiton’s Area C iron ore mine and port expansion projects.
BASSENDEAN firm Specialised Welding is one of many local firms to have worked on Woodside’s $1.6 billion Train Four project.
However, its client was not Woodside. Instead it was the Japanese pump manufacturer Nikisso.
In the third of a six-part series on business lending, Mark Beyer looks at the equipment finance market.
THE equipment finance market has witnessed substantial change over the past couple of years, led by the growing popularity of chattel mortgages.
MORTGAGE originators are targeting business lending for future growth following their success in the housing loans market.
From a standing start in the mid 1990s, mort-gage originators now arrange about 30 per cent of all housing loans.
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.
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.