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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 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. 

Managing risk in a ‘hard’ marketplace

This week Mark Beyer looks at the impact of the tighter insurance market.

Super tax tips from the ICAA

FROM 11,500 recent audits for superannuation compliance, the ATO has found that $124 million of super funds remain unpaid.

Valuations as junk science

THE methodology used by business brokers to value businesses was roundly criticised at an accounting forum in Perth early this week.

Whole-of-business management vital

In this week’s article on risk management, Mark Beyer looks at business risks that may not be properly managed.

Venture capital fund plans a $40m raising

VENTURE capital group VentureAxess has outlined ambitious growth plans, including $40 million of capital raisings, following its merger with Perth’s TechStart Fund Managers.

From Jurien to the world

VENTUREAXESS’S wide range of investments includes a small firm at Jurien Bay that is tackling one of the key challenges facing the global aquaculture industry.

New US equity fund option

A US investment fund plans to start actively marketing a new type of capital raising in the local market after completing its first deal with an Australian Stock Exchange-listed company.

WA rated harshest taxer

A REVIEW of planned business tax changes has concluded that Western Australia’s stamp duty regime will be far more onerous than that of any other State.

Perimeter guarder garnering interest

AN innovative security system developed in Perth has attracted wide industry interest after being judged second best new product at a major national trade show last month.

Decision time for accountants

FINANCIAL Services Reform legislation could force many accountants to decide on the direction and structure of their business, a seminar in Perth was told this week.

Dollar’s rise highlights risk

In the first of a three-part series on risk management, Mark Beyer looks at the management of currency and interest rate risks.

Insurance broker makes another local purchase

OAMPS Insurance Brokers will complete its fifth acquisition in Western Australia in three years when it absorbs local firm AD Irvine Insurance Brokers.

Stokes closes on NSW business

ROBERT Homes a Court and Alan Bond have both owned it in the past. Now a third West Australian entrepreneur, Seven Network chairman Kerry Stokes, is poised to own the NSW dealership for Caterpillar.

Perth pair leads Sydney company’s growth push

A SMALL Sydney company has become the unlikely home for two well-known faces from the Perth business scene.

Trial success for pipe repair system

IT’S a long way from negotiating corporate finance deals on St Georges Terrace to repairing broken sewer pipes in the back blocks of Jandakot, but John Hassen is revelling in the change.

Insurance the focus for new law practice

PERTH’S newest insurance law firm, established by former partners of Jackson McDonald, has opened its doors for business.

Weak market flattens IPOs

In the final instalment on equity raising, Mark Beyer looks at the impact of the weak stock market.

Convertible notes’ yield has fund raising appeal

CONVERTIBLE notes are gaining popularity as a fund raising option for Western Australian companies, with Skywest Airlines and Xanadu Wines among local companies joining the trend.

Back door still leads to ASX

FOR companies wanting to list on the Australian Stock Exchange, the traditional path is via an initial public offering. An alternative route that is comparatively attractive in the current depressed market is a ‘backdoor’ listing.

Call for exchange rule overhaul

THE Australian Stock Exchange’s listing rules are hindering capital raisings by smaller companies, according to West Perth investment banker John Kenny.

Laws boost venture capital

THE Gallop Government plans new legislation to ensure Western Australia can benefit fully from national venture capital laws. The State moves follow changes to Federal laws, which grant favourable tax treatment to venture capital limited partnerships.

Hartleys moves

BROKING house Hartleys will lose two senior staff next month, when high-profile dealer Andrew Frazer and industrial analyst Steve Piotrowski join rival firms.

Water deals flowing to Tyco

KWINANA-based steel pipe manufacturer Tyco Water is planning a major expansion after winning an $80 million contract with the Water Corporation.

Local lawyers recognised

A SELECT group of Western Australian lawyers has been nominated by their national peers as being among the best in the country. The nominated lawyers have been included in publishing group Asian Legal Business’s inaugural Legal Who’s Who.

$6m Exmouth fish farm under way

WORK on Western Australia’s largest fish farming project got under way this month at Exmouth.

Work list grows at Jervoise Bay marine fabrication site

THE State Government’s new fabrication facility at Jervoise Bay has completed its third small project as it continues to chase the large-scale contracts for which it was designed.

Blakiston adds local IP expert to its business

WEST Perth law firm Blakiston & Crabb has expanded its technology practice with the acquisition of Silks Technology & Commercial Lawyers.

Government help for the lucky few

DOZENS of private sector projects are launched every year in Western Australia. Of all these projects, a select group has received big-ticket financial assistance – $600,000 or more – from the State Government.

Local success stories exemplify funds’ role

VENTURE capital has played a critical role in the growth of some of Western Australia’s best-known companies.

Debt collectors factor in new standard

THE Federal Privacy Commissioner has effectively set a new standard for the debt collection industry as a result of a settlement with Alliance Factoring.

Size counts in Perth market

THERE is only a handful of venture capital firms with a permanent on-the-ground presence in Perth.

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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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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.