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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 overseing 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. 

HBF lifts surplus to $61m

HBF has flagged the possible sale and lease-back of its head office building in central Perth after reporting a lift in its financial performance and a major shift in its east coast growth strategy.

Lexvoco and Dovetail join the legal disrupters

The WA market is continuing to attract new providers of alternative legal services.

Scarborough site sold for $25m

Singaporean group Chip Eng Seng Corporation has struck a deal to sell the White Sands Tavern development site near Scarborough beach for $24.5 million.

‘The Hulk’ cuts through on mental health

Contractors Macmahon Holdings and AK Evans Earthmoving have found different ways to bolster mental health programs.

Sirona spins-off Harvis

Private investment group Sirona Capital has been split in two, with founding director Kelvin Flynn establishing a new business named Harvis with a focus on real estate, agriculture and infrastructure financing.

New funding for business

Two recent initiatives have created new funding options for startups and proprietary companies in WA.

WA tech firm sacks CEO

Perth tech company iCetana, which has raised $11 million over the past 18 months to support its global expansion, has terminated the employment of its chief executive after identifying an alleged fraud.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss government contractor failures, house prices, population growth, LNG revival, Austal, performance share winners, and our special report on tourism.

UBS begins Perth rebuild

Global investment bank UBS is rebuilding its Perth office after a short hiatus, luring Tim Andrew from his Cottesloe boutique practice.

Property Council cautiously backs noise reforms

The Property Council of Australia has welcomed proposed laws governing apartment projects in entertainment precincts, but has expressed caution about where the policy applies and its impact on planning approvals.

Panel makes adverse ruling on Tribune

The Takeovers Panel has made a finding of unacceptable circumstances against ASX-listed Tribune Resources, which is led by managing director Anthony Billis.

All Earth Group into administration

Maddington-based civil contractor All Earth Group, which held contracts on two state government projects, has gone into voluntary administration.

Poseidon averts Asic objection

Aspiring miner Poseidon Nickel has completed a $69 million entitlement offer without having to call on support from its sub-underwriter, Andrew Forrest’s Squadron Resources.

Devwest directors, Sincap dispute settled

Singapore company Sincap Group has announced a settlement of its long-running commercial dispute with three directors of Perth property developer Devwest Group.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss Startups, Metronet, Perth Airport, Volt Power, Kreepy Krauly, and BN's special report on gold miners

WA tech firms raised $295m

Western Australian startups and ‘young’ tech companies raised $295 million last financial year, which was 8.3 per cent of the amount raised nationally, a new report has found.

Asic challenges Forrest's Poseidon deal

The corporate regulator has objected to an underwriting deal under which Andrew Forrest’s Squadron Resources could end up with as much as 61 per cent of Poseidon Nickel.

RAC launches $3m seed fund

Startup businesses in Perth have access to a new source of funding after the Royal Automobile Club of WA launched a $3 million investment fund last night, while also disclosing it is a substantial shareholder in fast growing blockchain business Power Ledger.

Volt Power loses biggest client

ASX-listed Volt Power Group has suffered a major setback after BHP suspended its long-runing service relationship with wholly-owned subsidiary Wescone Distribution, less than a year after Volt bought Wescone.

Transport, agriculture lead death count

With higher fines, longer prison sentences and possibly industrial manslaughter laws coming to WA, Business News has analysed trends in workplace fatalities.

Judge surprised by Wilson's lack of knowledge

The Supreme Court has dismissed a defamation claim brought by former Quintis managing director Frank Wilson, after the trial judge said he was surprised by Mr Wilson's asserted lack of knowledge of the sandalwood producer’s contracts.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss the opening of WA’s 7th lithium mine, Perth house prices, a cyber security business backed by John Poynton and ECU, Tourism WA, skills shortages, WA Ballet's Dracula, two notable arts appointments and our special report on fashion – with Jessica Gomes, and WA designers discuss the export market.

Sapien Cyber takes global view

While many people talk about universities and business working together, the John Poynton chaired Sapien Cyber is doing it.

PKF, Hall Chadwick reposition in WA

SPECIAL REPORT: Accounting firms in WA, from mid-tier players to the 'big four', are positioning to benefit from stronger economic and commercial activity.

Shifting local alliances

SPECIAL REPORT: Business News has been tracking changes among WA’s accounting firms for 25 years, including seminal events like the collapse of Andersen and the break-up of the old PKF practice.

Mixed results on gender equity

SPECIAL REPORT: Gender equity is a key goal for major accounting firms but their track record is varied, especially in WA.

Mark my words podcast

Podcast: Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss Northern Star Resources, Terry Agnew, legal issues, RCR Tomlinson, GovNext and our special report on professional services focuses on accountants.

GovNext will not deliver planned savings

The Barnett government’s ambitious GovNext ICT program was based on flawed assumptions and will not achieve the anticipated savings but still holds potential to deliver significant benefits, a review has found.

Perth tax adviser facing $35m tax bill

Perth accountant Peter Moltoni has been hit with a $34.5 million tax assessment after the ATO took a close interest in disputed payments by his former client Pankaj Oswal.

Govt seeks World Heritage listing for Burrup

The state government has formally commenced seeking a UNESCO World Heritage listing of the Burrup Peninsula, which is home to some of WA’s largest industrial facilities and signalled any new projects will need to meet the highest environmental standards.

Rosser still dreaming with his feet on the ground

Brad Rosser brings diverse experience with Bond Corp, McKinsey and Co, Virgin and Unilever Ventures to his current focus on startups.

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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.