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 overseeing 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. 

Worley wins Newmont contract

Newmont Mining has awarded WorleyParsons an engineering and construction contract for its Tanami gold project, where it is evaluating investment of up to $US750 million ($A1 billion).

Gallagher on growth path

Insurance broker Gallagher has recently completed two bolt-on acquisitions in Perth as the sector readies for a merger of two of the largest global players.

BHP, Rio back indigenous campaign

Big business has stepped up its campaign in favour of a constitutionally enshrined ‘voice’ for indigenous Australians, with BHP Group chief executive Andrew Mackenzie using a speech in Perth this morning to endorse the proposal.

MACA signs MOU for $306m contract

MACA has signed a memorandum of understanding for a $US220 million ($306 million) contract for Emerald Resources planned gold project in Cambodia.

Iron ore boosts private companies

SPECIAL REPORT: Western Australia’s iron ore industry has reshaped the BNiQ ranking of the state’s largest private companies.

Kinetic IT keeps it private

With 1100 staff across Australia, annual revenue nudging $200 million and more growth on the way, Perth-based Kinetic IT is a good case study for privately-owned companies.

Wangara business buys RCR Laser

Unique Metal Works is set to double in size after striking a deal with the administrators of RCR Tomlinson to purchase its laser business, which employs about 200 people.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Pownall, Mark Beyer and Dan Wilkie discuss Dale Alcock and Adrian Fini, South Perth development, house market sentiment, Infinite Energy, Wright Prospecting’s financials, Kinetic IT, and our special report on major WA private companies.

Austal reveals Asic inquiry

Austal disclosed today that the corporate regulator is investigating announcements in late 2015 and mid 2016 that triggered a sharp fall in the ship builder’s share price.

Wright Prospecting pays out $700m

The descendants of iron ore pioneer Peter Wright have received total dividends of $702 million over the past three years, according to recently lodged financial statements that also reveal the big legal expenses they have paid.

Philanthropic trusts hit $830m

Big donations to three philanthropic trusts in Western Australia augur well for future charitable donations, although the state’s wealthiest person, Gina Rinehart, has bucked the trend.

Cutting through tech funding maze

SPECIAL REPORT: Tech startups in WA can raise capital if they know where to look and how to ask, a Perth seminar was told.

Goldman, Freehills top deal tables

SPECIAL REPORT: Corporate finance dealmakers in Perth worked on just more than 800 transactions last year worth $51 billion.

Kinetic IT signs $91m contracts

Perth-based company Kinetic IT has broken into the federal government market for the first time after signing two contracts with the Department of Defence worth a combined $91 million.

US fund lifts stake in Perth lender

A New York-based hedge fund has moved to majority ownership of specialist business lender Radium Capital after purchasing a 50 per cent stake in the Perth-based company.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss Woodside projects, Heath Development, Navitas, rising philanthropy and our special report on WA’s biggest deals and dealmakers.

Court rules against land developer

The Supreme Court has found prominent land developer and real estate agent Colin Heath breached his fiduciary duties in regard to his role in long-running land development ventures with the Godecke family.

BHP overcooks local content claim

BHP Group will be double-checking its advertising copy in future after publishing full-page advertisements that mistakenly claimed major international business CPB Contractors was based in Western Australia.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss Perth’s luxury suburbs, crayfishing drama, tourism downturn, bumper grain harvest, Minderoo’s new CEO and our special report on the increasingly important and newsworthy aged care sector.

Former NAB exec to lead Minderoo

Andrew and Nicola Forrest have recruited a former banking executive as the inaugural chief executive of their private company Minderoo, while also disclosing its total assets more than doubled last ye

Finbar plans share buy-back

Finbar Group has announced an on-market share buy-back program under which the company could spend about $16 million repurchasing 7 per cent of its own shares.

Sydney investor buys Micromine

Private equity investor Potentia Capital has acquired a majority stake in Nedlands-based Micromine, eight months after the mining software developer hired PwC to find a new owner.

NDIS coordinators set to grow

Mission Australia and APM are planning to recruit 370 people in Western Australia after being selected earlier this month as local area coordinators by the National Disability Insurance Agency.

Alerte to AI opportunities

A Perth technology startup backed by mining entrepreneur Kerry Harmanis has developed an artificial intelligence platform it believes can be applied to nearly any industry.

Ichthys hit by another cost blow out

The cost of building the Ichthys LNG project has blown out again, with French group Total saying it has increased by $US5 billion to $US45 billion, but project operator Inpex is disputing the extent of the increase.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Matt Mckenzie discuss Stan Perron, our update on major WA projects — some going ahead, some not — Westport, the space agency, lobster quotas, and our person of the year feature.

Success is one thing, smooth succession quite another

SPECIAL REPORT: BGC Australia and Perron Group are going through changes that all family-owned businesses face, large or small.

Perron pledges billions to charity

Perron Group has announced key board appointments after the passing of its founder Stan Perron and disclosed the “greater majority” of its $4 billion in net assets will be donated to charity.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss property development challenges, weak housing market, Fast Brick Robotics (FBR), subcontractor protections, and our special report on Business Dynasties, including the Buckeridge, Perron, and Blackburne families.

Burrup projects gain momentum

New industrial projects planned for the Burrup Peninsula will need to co-exist with the area’s heritage features.

Stan Perron's family to maintain legacy

Nearly 1,000 people attended the funeral of the late Stan Perron this afternoon, with his daughter Elizabeth Perron promising to maintain his legacy as a great philanthropist.



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.