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. 

Jim’s biography tells extraordinary story

The founder of Australia’s largest franchise group is full of surprises and contradictions.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss the post-election market bounce; subcontractors battle; new iron ore, lithium and rare earths developments; Jim Penman; Perron Group; the state's lobster deal; and our newly released report on the commercial property market.

New CEO, chair for Sadleirs

Family-owned logistics company Lionel Samson Sadleirs has recruited former Automotive Holdings Group general manager David Cole as its new chief executive, while chairman Michael Smith has given notic

Elizabeth Quay starting to take shape

A handful of big, integrated, high-rise projects with a combined value of $2.2 billion will reshape the waterfront site.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss the election overview, Bob Hawke's passing, retail challenges, hotels and tourism, housing construction, Andrew Forrest's big pay day, Danny Psaros, and our special feature on mining projects.

Alcock to expand in Victoria

Perth-based home builder ABN Group is planning to expand its operations in Victoria as it adjusts to the slowdown in its home state.

Prendiville outlines WA growth plans

Prendiville Group is pressing ahead with major upgrades of several hotel properties across Western Australia based on its longer-term optimism for the state.

Perth firm sells software

Perth software business Practice Insight, led by patent attorney Thomas Haines, has sold its document management system product suite to a German company.

Drinks giants to run recycling scheme

The state government has selected a newly formed company owned by drink manufacturers Coca-Cola Amatil and Lion to run the state’s container deposit scheme.

WA poised for more international students

Higher promotional funding and a lift in the state’s share of new international students are encouraging signs.

Navitas takeover costs hit $20m

Navitas has disclosed that it will incur costs of about $20 million on its acquisition by a BGH consortium, including fees to professional advisers and extra payments to its directors and executives.

French bank buys into Azure Capital

Independent corporate advisory firm Azure Capital has announced two major changes, with French banking group Natixis buying a majority stake while sister company Azure Consulting will be bought out by its four partners.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss the state budget, lithium expansion, medical research, Chevron's new headquarters, Sterling First and Rosendorff collapses, a rare IPO, Azure Capital, and our special report on universities.

$52m extra for medical research

WA BUDGET: Medical research has received a substantial boost in the state budget, with the government allocating a further $52 million to its Future Health Research and Innovation Fund over three years.

Treasury expects quick fall in iron ore price

WA BUDGET: WA Treasury has revised its forecasting methodology for iron ore prices to assume that prices fall away quickly from the current inflated levels, which have provided a large boost to government coffers.

Cinema business plans equity crowdfunding

Unlisted Perth company is joining the trend toward equity crowdfunding, announcing plans to raise up to $2 million through

Orthocell soars 356% on test results

Shares in Perth biotech Orthocell more than quadrupled in value today after the company released positive results from a trial of its nerve regeneration product.

Gold explorer breaks listing drought

Mont Royal Resources has become just the second Western Australian exploration company to list on the ASX this year, with the help of high-profile directors and ‘family office’ investors.

Karara wins $25m legal fight

The Supreme Court has dismissed a $25 million claim brought by local contractor AGC Industries against the developer of the Karara iron ore project in the Mid West.

$360m office tower to proceed

Construction of Perth’s next premium grade office tower will commence in the middle of next year at Elizabeth Quay after Brookfield Properties and Chevron signed a 15-year sale-and-leaseback deal today.

Arbitrations in WA top 100

More than 100 unique arbitration proceedings were conducted in Western Australia during the 2017-18 financial year, the first-ever survey of the sector has found.

Mirvac plans rent-to-buy at Claremont

Mirvac is trialling a rent-to-buy initiative at its Claremont by Mirvac development, joining a handful of other developers in Australia to adopt an arrangement that is common in the US and Europe.

Mining legend helped shape WA

Mining icon Sir Arvi Parbo, whose achievements included concurrently chairing three of Australia’s largest companies - BHP, Western Mining Corporation and Alcoa of Australia - has passed away at the age of 93.

Perth house prices down again

Property analyst CoreLogic has suggested the worst of the residential market downturn across Australia has passed after releasing new data showing Perth dwelling prices fell by 0.4 per cent in April, taking the total decline since the market peaked to 18.4 per cent.

MIN upgrades earnings

Mineral Resources has upgraded its earnings guidance for the current financial year on the back of higher iron ore and lithium prices.

2,000-lot Moore River site hits market again

The Plunkett family is seeking to sell a major landholding just south of the coastal town of Guilderton, after updating development approvals to address issues that adversely affected an earlier sales campaign.

New look, new president for CME

BHP Group executive Edgar Basto has been elected president of the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA, which has also unveiled new branding.

Worley moving to 240 St Georges

Engineering firm Worley is set to consolidate all its Perth offices at 240 St Georges Terrace, including the recently acquired energy chemical and resources (ECR) division of Jacobs.

LOD acquires lexvoco

Alternative legal services provider LOD, which was founded in Perth as Balance Legal and grown to have international operations, has expanded by acquiring national competitor lexvoco.

Fortescue agrees to shift railway

Fortescue Metals Group has agreed to revise the alignment of its Eliwana rail line, currently under construction in the Pilbara, to avoid damaging Aboriginal heritage sites. FMG’s decision is a win for Wintawari Guruma Aboriginal Corporation.

Karara unlikely to ever deliver returns: Gindalbie

Gindalbie Metals has estimated that shares in its part-owned Karara iron ore project have a negative value in excess of $3.5 billion, as it seeks to convince shareholders to accept a takeover offer.



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.