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.
Perth’s largest home builder has shone a rare light on its financial performance, with annual accounts for BGC Australia revealing big investment write-downs and large bottom-line losses over two years.
PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss markets drama, Cockburn harbour recommendation, Infrastructure Australia, shopping centres write down, planning law changes, Altrad, AFG, and our special report on major projects.
The state government’s Westport taskforce has concluded that all container shipping should be moved out of Fremantle to a new land-backed port in Cockburn Sound, to be built at a cost of about $4 billion.
Infrastructure Australia has dramatically scaled down the expected cost of road congestion in Perth, mainly because of lower population growth, but has warned about the impact of continued urban sprawl.
Twelve big companies have pledged to lift their indigenous procurement to 3 per cent of their annual spend, seeking to match targets the federal and state governments have already set for their own agencies.
Trucking company CTI Logistics has foreshadowed a marginal profit for the latest half-year, saying weak economic conditions particularly in Western Australia had resulted in significant reductions in activity and increased margin pressure.
PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss markets volatility, trade surplus, HealthEngine, Michael Chaney, energy news, EY entrepreneur of the year awards, and our special report on the oil & gas industry.
A $1 billlion-plus lithium refinery planned for the Pilbara has been put on hold and a second refinery under construction in the South West has been reduced in size as local company Mineral Resources and its US partner restructure their joint venture after a sharp fall in lithium prices.
The Shire of Peppermint Grove has been strongly criticised in a Supreme Court ruling that found it mishandled the listing of heritage properties, and specifically a prominent house on the Swan River foreshore.
PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss big retail projects, unemployment statistics, apartment developments, iron ore production, tourism update, private school fees, Austral Fisheries, and our special report on regional aviation.
WA’s major theatre company has reported a sharp fall in box office sales for the fourth year in succession, along with a small operating surplus, with a big donation from Minderoo Foundation helping to bolster its financial position.
The end of the financial year has triggered the sale of a spate of long-running private companies in Western Australia, including global tech leader Immersive Technologies, mining consultancy CSA Global and Action Industrial Catering.
PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss Berrington Care Group, house prices, lithium projects cost, new retail and hospitality ventures, Minderoo plans, lotto fallout, and our special report on corporate finance.
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.