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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. 

Wright recruits top lawyer

Private Perth company Wright Prospecting has bolstered its already impressive ranks with the recruitment of top lawyer Peter Wiese, who will guide it through continuing legal disputes with fellow Perth company Hancock Prospecting.

GBM Resources in Canadian merger

Mount Pleasant-based GBM Resources has struck a friendly merger agreement with listed Canadian company WCB Resources, bringing together gold projects in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Software investor poised for growth

The investment holding company that has bought Perth startup success story SEQTA Software is poised to lead further rationalisation in the education software sector.

Miro to close

Specialist oil and gas advisory firm Miro Advisors is planning to wind down its operations, a little more than six years after managing director Tim Woodall opened the business.

Law firms grapple with market shift

SPECIAL REPORT: The shake-out in Perth’s legal services market is producing some surprising winners and losers, with one of the best performers being a firm many had expected to wither.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss the Builton collapse, election promises, Richard Court and Rob Bransby, and WA’s professions.

Deloitte goes out for partners

Former Grant Thornton partner Matthew Donnelly and former Perth Airport executive Fiona Lander have brought to seven the number of external recruits to join Deloitte’s Perth partnership in the past five months, offsetting moves by other partners such as Jenn Morris, who has retired from the firm.

Emeco restructure costs hit $39m

Emeco Holdings today sent out a mammoth 811 pages of documentation for its revised restructuring scheme, and buried inside is a breakdown of fees showing that, while its lawyers will get paid more, the company’s financial advisers will take a haircut after the first restructuring scheme fell over.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss startups and software, Aldi, election campaign and transport infrastructure.

$49m payment spurs project dispute

An Aboriginal corporation has obtained a Supreme Court ruling that will require Mitsui & Company subsidiary Onslow Salt to release documents concerning its dealings with oil and gas giant Chevron, and contractors Bechtel and Thiess, over the Wheatstone LNG project.

Grosser to lead StartupWA after SEQTA merger

Perth company SEQTA Software has combined with Melbourne-based Synergetic Management Systems to create Australia’s largest education software business.

Decmil scales back forecasts

Decmil Group has substantially cut its revenue forecasts for the current financial year due to delays in recent contract wins, while suffering further losses at a Victorian construction project.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss the Builton collapse, CBD vacancy rates, Balla Balla iron ore and land developers.

MiPlan adds to mining technology sales

Perth is renowned as a hub for mining and energy technology, so why do so many local firms end up in foreign hands?

ICT contractors start recruiting

The three international vendors that won the state government’s landmark GovNext contract say the initiative will provide local information and communication technology businesses with opportunities to share in the work.

Frost damage prompts insurance offering for grain growers

A local insurance broker and a data analytics specialist have teamed up to offer grain growers the same kind of cover as energy companies and construction projects.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss World Trade Centre, UWA, uranium mining, conventions and conferences.

Labor to keep ministerial control on projects

The Labor Party moved swiftly today to reassure the business sector that it would not hand over responsibility for project approvals to an independent tribunal, after reports it was considering such a change.

Govt targets $80m annual saving from ICT contracts

The Barnett government is hoping to slash its spending on information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure by up to 25 per cent after signing contracts today with three international vendors.

US group buys Perth mining technology firm

Perth-based mining technology firm MiPlan has been bought by US company Hexagon Mining, six years after it was established by Robert and Louise Daw with backing from three local venture capital investors.

Sparke Helmore confirms WA move

Sparke Helmore Lawyers will become the 12th largest law firm in Western Australia, according to the BNiQ Seach Engine, after announcing today it has finalised merger plans with local practice Jarman McKenna.

State go-ahead for Cameco uranium project

The state government has approved Canadian miner Cameco’s proposed Yeelirrie uranium mine in the Goldfields, despite its failure to meet one of nine Environmental Protection Authority recommendations.

New listings getting tougher

SPECIAL REPORT: Nearly 70 WA-connected companies listed on the ASX in 2016, but current prospects indicate there will be substantially fewer this year.

Local brokers lead capital raisings

SPECIAL REPORT: There was a big rise in the number and value of completed capital raisings in WA last year, according to data compiled in the BNiQ Search Engine.

M&A advisers to battle back after soft 2016

SPECIAL REPORT: Investment bank Gresham Partners and law firm King & Wood Mallesons were the top advisers on mergers and acquisitions in WA in 2016.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss South West water, building subcontractors, WA Business awards and the deals environment.

Labour hire firm defies the odds

Burswood-based company Western Work Force is set to emerge from administration in highly unusual circumstances, with its largest creditor opposed to its recapitalisation, its founder and major shareholder in police custody, but its core business continuing to grow.

$37m for SW water project

The state government has committed $37 million to an ambitious desalination and irrigation project in the South West that is led by Perth business executive Peter Fogarty and will cost an estimated $380 million.

Euroz tips $13m profit

Stockbroker and funds manager Euroz has foreshadowed a strongly improved interim profit, driven mainly by the performance of Euroz Securities and the increased share prices of its listed investment companies.

Who comes after Sarich and Fini?

In 40 years’ time, when people look back at the recent crop of winners of the Western Australian of the Year business awards, how will they be remembered relative to the early winners like Ralph Sarich, Sir Laurence Brodie-Hall and Michael Edgley?

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss Roe 8, house prices, Libor scandal, Atlas Iron and WA’s education market.

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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.