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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. 

Local tech shines at Incite awards

Norwood Systems, Fastbrick Robotics and Balconi Telecommunications were among the winners at this year’s WAITTA INCITE awards for the ICT sector.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss resources contracts, unemployment, solar power, BHP, CEO sleepout and apartment developments.

Letting go a challenge for small business owners

Family business owners who enjoy their work and achieve good results are more likely to implement a succession plan, a long-term study of the sector has found.

Rooftop solar changing energy market

Rooftop solar panels cut peak electricity demand last summer by 7 per cent and their growing popularity is reshaping consumption patterns, potentially at higher cost to electricity generators, a new report has found.

Nordic backing for Pilbara Minerals

Norway-based investment bank Pareto Securities has completed its first major Australian deal, as sole manager of a $US100 million ($A133 million) bond issue announced today by Pilbara Minerals.

Labor resets infrastructure priorities

SPECIAL REPORT: Labor's victory in the March state election heralded a major shift in infrastructure priorities for Western Australia, and even further changes are likely as the McGowan government seeks to balance its promises with fiscal reality.

Contractors face unique local challenges

SPECIAL REPORT: The Italian contractor managing Perth’s largest infrastructure project has outlined some of the hurdles it faces doing business in WA.

Contractors boosted by mine projects

Local contractor Primero Group is set to win its third major contract on a mining project this year while RCR Tomlinson has geared up to supply Rio Tinto’s new iron ore mine.

Mark My Words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss the Access Economics report, mining development activity, WA’s civil infrastructure projects …. and BN’s new CEO. 

PCF targets $4bn opportunity

Australian mining and exploration companies have been urged to target North American investors, with PCF Capital Group saying this strategy could bring $4 billion into the local industry.

Wide rift on exploration incentives

Resources Minister Matt Canavan said today the exploration development incentive (EDI) scheme was unlikely to continue, despite telling the industry he had an open mind on its future, and labelled alternatives put forward by the Association of Mining & Exploration Companies as radical.

Quintis problems deepen

Sandalwood producer Quintis has revealed more operational and financial pain, with the embattled Perth company suspending plantation sales, lowering forecast product sales and admitting a $27 million investment would not proceed.

Performance shares deliver windfall

The directors of medicinal cannabis companies Creso Pharma and AusCann Group Holdings have reaped windfall gains worth $13 million after the vesting of performance rights and performance shares.

Cannings Purple expands IR team

Cannings Purple, which is ranked as Western Australia’s second largest public and investor relations firm, has bolstered its team by recruiting experienced business journalist Peter Klinger.

$6m for medical startup

Newly established Perth company OncoRes Medical has secured up to $6 million of funding to commercialise a surgical tool developed by researchers at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and the University of Western Australia.

McGrath Modular to be shut down

Wangara-based building company McGrath Modular is being shut down after it was ensnared in problems associated with its Queensland owner and hit by weak market conditions in regional Western Australia.

New target for remuneration

The salary package for Wesfarmers’ new managing director acknowledges the reality that many large companies pay big annual bonuses every year.

Wesfarmers reshapes leadership, remuneration

Finance director Terry Bowen will become the third top Wesfarmers executive to retire from the Perth-based conglomerate in the space of 12 months, with the group announcing three senior appointments along with details of incoming managing director Rob Scott’s remuneration package.

Rio, FMG aim to boost local suppliers

Iron ore miners Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals Group have announced initiatives designed to assist local suppliers, with Rio establishing a dedicated procurement team and FMG shortening payment terms.

Market steady but Quintis down again

The share market ended the day steady after early gains by the big four banks evaporated in afternoon trade, and miners fall on weaker iron ore futures.

QuizJam seeks growth funding

Perth tech startup QuizJam is seeking to raise $1 million through a convertible note issue to support continued growth of its online business.

Wellard calls on underwriters after $9.4m shortfall

The major shareholders in Wellard, including China's Fulida Group Holdings and local agribusiness Heytesbury, are expected to lift their stake in the livestock exporter after a big shortfall from its rights issue.

New work for Roe 8 contractors

The state government has awarded three new roads projects to the contractors that had been working on the Roe 8 development, while also confirming the net cost of abandoning the latter project will be about $45 million.

Soft ASX start for new Israeli listing

G Medical Innovations Holdings has joined nearly a dozen Israeli tech companies to list on the ASX in recent years through Perth advisers.

iCetana completes $8m raising

Curtin University spin-out iCetana, which is commercialising video monitoring software, has become the second unlisted Perth tech company to complete a big capital raising this year.

Dismantle gets it together for youth

Social enterprise Dismantle is showing its peers how to blend commercial acumen with a social purpose.

Universities head hunt for international students

SPECIAL REPORT: The number of international students coming to Perth has grown strongly over the past four years, but WA is still underperforming, particularly in the university sector.

Macmahon, AMNT progress ‘transformational’ deal

Macmahon Holdings has finalised documentation for what is a potentially transformational deal with Indonesia's PT Amman Mineral Nusa Tenggara, two months after announcing a heads of agreement in the midst of a hostile takeover battle.

Woodside bullish on Browse

Woodside Petroleum managing director Peter Coleman has sketched out plans to convert the two LNG plants on the Burrup Peninsula into an integrated processing hub that would take gas from the Browse Basin and other undeveloped fields off the Western Australian coast.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss public sector overhaul, medical research funding, CityLink developments and our university sector.

AusCann shares jump on licence approval

Perth company AusCann Group Holdings has become the seventh applicant to gain regulatory approval to cultivate medicinal cannabis in Australia, with the news lifting its share price by 17 per cent today.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.