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Mark Beyer

As editor, Mark oversees the day-to-day online news at Business News. His particular brief is following major deals, the professions and private/family businesses. Mark has 35 years' career experience, primarily in business journalism. Before becoming a journalist, he was an economist with the Commonwealth Treasury in Canberra. He has worked for The Australian Financial Review and The West Australian, and also has public relations and corporate affairs experience. 

Major M&A deal hunters lurking

SPECIAL REPORT: The mergers and acquisitions market was eventful in the March quarter, with Chinese and private equity investors to the fore, multiple WA businesses on the block, and a surprise advisory switch on a key takeover.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss property in Scarborough, Claremont, Elizabeth Quay and the Hyatt, Private capital boosts HealthEngine and Muscleworx, distilleries win gongs and March quarter deals environment.

Safescape has the edge on mine roads

The top Western Australian company in this year’s Energise accelerator program is developing an ambitious plan for robotic on-site manufacturing of equipment it believes will boost safety and dramatically cut costs at open pit mines.

Muscleworx bulks up on private equity

Perth retail chain Muscleworx is poised for national expansion after buying its major competitor and securing backing from private equity investor Banksia Capital.

Global investor backs Perth tech firm

Perth-based HealthEngine has shown that investors still have an appetite for quality tech companies, announcing today it has raised $26.7 million from venture capital and private equity investors in a deal led by major global player Sequoia India.

Steven Noske guilty of insider trading

Perth business executive Steven Noske faces the possibility of a gaol term after being found guilty and convicted on one count of insider trading in takeover target Westside Corporation.

Blackham tumbles after downgrade

Shares in gold producer Blackham Resources fell by 21 per cent today after the company revealed a raft of problems at its Matilda project, where operations have been affected by heavy rain and lowe

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss residential property, Quintis, insolvency law reform and oil and gas.

Regional WA suffers population fall

The number of people living in regional Western Australia fell last year for the first time in at least a decade, with mining towns such as Leinster, Meekatharra, Kambalda and Coolgardie driving the decline, new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows.

Directors to get safe harbour during insolvency

The federal government has introduced draft insolvency reforms designed to offer more protection for company directors and make it easier to restructure faltering businesses.

St Barbara approves $100m project

Gold miner St Barbara has approved a major extension of its Gwalia operations, which will extend the historic mine to a depth of 2,000 metres below surface over the next seven years.

$30m fight for control of 1-Page

Perth-based director Andrew Chapman is at the centre of an escalating battle between the board and the management team at US-focused tech company 1-Page over control of the business and its $30 million of cash.

Influence radiates from centre of power

SPECIAL REPORT: A small group of ministers and backroom advisers close to Mark McGowan will set the agenda for the new state government.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss TFS- Quintis, Kerry Stokes and mining investment, Western Force’s prospectus and who are the state’s Most Influential people?

Foster moves into Premier & Cabinet

A former chief of staff to Premier Mark McGowan has been seconded to a senior role in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, triggering speculation he may become the next director general, putting him at the centre of government power.

Contractor fights for $13m owed by John Holland

Private company Applied Electro Systems has become enmeshed in a legal fight with construction giant John Holland after the two businesses had a falling out over contracted work on Chevron’s Gorgon gas project.

Tinley loses mines portfolio

Premier Mark McGowan has been forced to reshuffle his cabinet just four days after his ministers were sworn in, with Labor state president Peter Tinley losing the mines and petroleum portfolio.

Data centres target top tier

SPECIAL REPORT: Three data centre operators, including new player Pier DC, are set to be big winners from the state government’s GovNext plan, though a fourth operator is seeking to spoil the party.

Data drives ICT opportunities

SPECIAL REPORT: The growing use of technology as a business enabler is creating opportunities for information and communication technology (ICT) firms.

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In this Business News podcast, Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss the new state government, Alinta Energy, domgas and ICT.

Wyatt gets energy plus treasury

Premier-elect Mark McGowan has given added responsibilities to incoming treasurer Ben Wyatt, while Rita Saffioti, Paul Papalia, Peter Tinley and Alannah MacTiernan have been given key economic portfolios.

Hong Kong group buys Alinta in $4bn deal

Western Australia's biggest gas retailer, Alinta Energy, has been bought by a Hong Kong jewellery and property conglomerate, with Premier-elect Mark McGowan saying the deal confirmed his opposition to privatisation.

Emeco deal finally gets approval

Heavy equipment supplier Emeco Holdings has turned its focus to completing its merger with east coast companies Orionstone and Andy’s Earthmoving after noteholders backed a complex balance sheet restructuring today.

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In this Business News podcast, Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss 40under40, hotel room rates, Brett McKeon and the state election.

Indigenous contractor’s time up

Ngarda Civil & Mining, a pioneering indigenous contractor that employed more than 300 people at its peak, is being wound up, though curiously the listed company that owns a 50 per cent stake is still claiming Ngarda is a big employer.

Labor claims bigger surplus, flat debt

The Labor Party is budgeting on $750 million of spending cuts and $400 million of metropolitan land sales to help pay for its election promises, and claims it will achieve a budget surplus of $205 million in 2019-20.

Cedar repositions Gumala for growth

40under40: First Amongst Equals winner Jahna Cedar has built a career blending her business acumen and indigenous heritage.

Miners warm to HiSeis’ vision

SPECIAL REPORT: Eight years after HiSeis was spun out from Curtin University, executive chairman Don Pridmore believes its use of seismic technology in mineral exploration is starting to gain traction.

Rinehart business to become state’s largest

Hancock Prospecting is poised to become Western Australia's biggest private company after a investment and acquisition spree in iron ore and agribusiness which is expected some time this year to push its revenue past that of the incumbent number one for the past 12 years, home builder BGC. A 2018 reranking appears certain following research for the Business News Private Companies list published today in a special report.

Indigenous contractor signs third deal this year

Indigenous Construction Resource Group has diversified its business by purchasing consulting group NANA Australia, the local offshoot of a giant Alaskan native corporation.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss Civic Heart, Richard Goyder, top IGA, local property market and WA private companies.

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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.

Civmec gets nod for $196m project

A joint venture comprising Henderson-based contractor Civmec and international engineering firm Black & Veatch has been selected as preferred proponent for a $196 million wastewater project south of Perth.

Chinese group buys Kailis Bros

The Kailis family has folded its Kailis Bros seafood business into a larger, newly-capitalised venture called KB Foods that will be 90 per cent owned by Hong Kong-listed conglomerate Legend Holdings. Click through to see the multiple WA businesses owned by members of the Kailis family in WA. 

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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.

Canberra is "really hopeless": Walsh

WA industry leaders Richard Goyder, Sam Walsh and Andrew Forrest lined up today to criticise deputy prime minister Julia Gillard and the federal government's tax and economic policies.

Perth tech pioneer passes away

Conrad Crisafulli, who was one of the pioneers of venture capital investing and technology commercialisation in Western Australia, has died after a long illness.

Woodside to spend $400m on Fifo camp

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.