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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. 

Marketforce recruits new CEO

Advertising agency Marketforce has completed an overhaul of its management team, recruiting Carat Australia’s Perth managing director Adam Marshall as its new chief executive.

Share registry buys startup platform

Nedlands-based Advanced Share Registry has purchased 51 per cent of Perth start-up Private Company Platform, which is targeting unlisted companies with multiple shareholders, including those pursuing crowd-sourced funding.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss Trump’s trade war WA impact, residential property prices, population and labour statistics, World Trade Centre, Pacific Energy, ride sharing and our special report Most Influential.

Auris chairman goes on attack

Auris Minerals chairman Bronwyn Barnes has disclosed that some of the people seeking to oust her had been negotiating a farm-in proposal last year without the knowledge of the company’s board.

South32 lifts bar on parental leave

Perth-based mining company South32 has implemented new leave provisions that exceed those of most other employers, offering six months’ parental leave on full pay and up to 10 days of paid domestic violence leave.

New World Trade Centre plan developed

The private group behind ambitious plans for a $1 billion-plus World Trade Centre development in Perth has prepared updated designs focused on the Megamart site it already owns in Northbridge.

Pindan reassures contractors

Construction group Pindan said today it planned to make full payments to all sub-contractors by the end of this week, after co-founders George Allingame and David Pringle complete the sale of several

Govt facing ICT challenge

SPECIAL REPORT: Three major reviews have called for a big shake-up of the state government’s information and communication technology (ICT) strategy.

ECU research behind cyber startup

SPECIAL REPORT: A startup company backed by Perth dealmakers John Poynton and Harry Karelis illustrates the commercial potential of cyber security.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss Coles spinoff plan, tourism challenge, waste to energy, remembering Warwick Kent and Mal Bryce, and our ICT feature focuses on where to for GovNext and cybersecurity.

Vale Warwick Kent, gentleman banker

Former banker and company director Warwick Kent, who led the revival of Bankwest after big losses in the early 1990s and through its subsequent privatisation, passed away this week at his home in NSW.

Marketforce leadership moving on

Advertising agency Marketforce is going through a clean sweep of its leadership, with Paul Coghlan recruited to replace senior creatives Pat Lennox and Ben Green, who are leaving in June to start their own consultancy.

Mal Bryce honoured for political, industry contribution

Former WA deputy premier Mal Bryce, who won accolades for championing the information and communication technology (ICT) sector and small business through political and commercial careers spanning more than 40 years, has passed away at the age of 75.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Katie McDonald discuss City of Perth, Cosco, Marketforce, Rio Tinto, Mangles Bay Marina and planning reform, and residential agents.

Asic moves against Rio, Albanese

Australia’s corporate watchdog has commenced legal proceedings against Rio Tinto and two former executives over its disastrous $US4 billion foray into Mozambique coal, 17 months after regulators in the UK and US took action on the same matter.

Top Rio exec moves on

The managing director of Rio Tinto’s Pilbara iron ore mining operations has left the company after 11 years.

DXC buys M-Power Solutions

Global IT services company DXC Technology has bolstered its presence in Western Australia, buying local firm M-Power Solutions and consolidating its 300-plus staff in new premises in the CBD.

Report to analyse remuneration

A new report will allow executives and directors to compare remuneration with peer companies of similar size or in the same industry.

Quintis receivers expecting offers next month

The receivers of Quintis have sought to retain full control of the sandalwood producer, appointing Primary Securities as an independent consultant and arguing that plans by growers to take control of some forestry schemes would be counterproductive.

Everingham leaves Marketforce

Paul Everingham has left the state's second largest advertising agency after less than six months at the helm as chief executive.

Costco plans $55m Perth warehouse

International retail giant Costco is planning to build its first Western Australian store at Perth Airport, located alongside the giant DFO Perth store currently under construction.

D’Orsogna to invest $66m

SPECIAL REPORT: Family owned smallgoods producer D’Orsogna is aiming to nearly double its annual sales after beginning development of a $66 million factory in Victoria.

Hancock moves to top of the pile

SPECIAL REPORT: Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting and its subsidiary, Roy Hill Holdings, have moved to the top of the Business News annual ranking of private companies in Western Australia, as their surging revenue put them ahead of building company BGC Australia.

Diversification a major focus for local businesses

SPECIAL REPORT: Kylie Radford has built Morrison into a highly regarded fashion brand over more than 15 years, so it’s a little surprising to hear the way she talks about the current business environment. Click through to read about the growth strategies of Kylie and other local business owners

Costco plans $55m Perth warehouse

International retail giant Costco is planning to build its first store in Western Australia, at Perth Airport, located alongside the giant DFO Perth store currently under construction.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss Langoulant review, government CIO, apartment developers, private business including Morrison, Hancock and D’Orsogna.

Langoulant review says former govt didn’t have a plan

A review of Barnett government programs and projects has identified a raft of shortcomings in governance, project management and financial management, and listed Royalties for Regions as the single biggest problem.

Fiona Drummond to lead EY

EY has named Fiona Drummond as its next managing partner in Western Australia, making it the second of the big four accounting firms to have a female heading its Perth office, and only the sixth out of 86 accounting firms listed on the BNiQ Search Engine.

Govt ICT chief to join Deloitte after review

The state government’s chief information officer Giles Nunis is moving to the private sector after a recent review recommended sweeping changes to his office, which was established under the Barnett government.

NTC wins Wheatstone contract

Onslow-based NTC Contracting has been awarded a civil and earthworks contract for up to five years at the Chevron-operated Wheatstone LNG plant.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss McGowan’s first year, Perth Modern School, Scarborough LNG, cryptocurrency and blockchain, Pilbara Minerals and junior mining.

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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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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.

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.

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.