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. 

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.  

Big gains from fleet program

THE Department of Agriculture has achieved big financial savings on its way to winning an environmental award for fleet management.

Debtors trends concern: survey

A SURVEY of small business has found that many organisations fail to regularly implement simple debtor management practices.

Growth challenges for olives

Nearly $100 million has been invested in olive groves in Western Australia over the past few years. Mark Beyer and Chris Leitch look at some of the looming challenges as the industry matures.

Treasury player widens services

NOT many businesses have a client base as diverse as Oakvale Capital. Its clients range from international grocery group Foodland and mineral sands miner Iluka to health fund HBF, the Qantas staff credit union and the Congregation of Christian Brothers.

Fini starts new project

FORMER property developer Tony Fini has unveiled an ambitious plan to establish a new tourism venture at his family’s olive grove near Gingin, north of Perth.

Third set of chambers opens

PERTH’S newest set of barristers’ chambers, to be known as Garns-worthy Chambers, will be officially opened on Friday.

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.



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.