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. 

Skin Elements, AssetOwl to list

The tail end of the tech stock listing boom will continue tomorrow when two companies start trading on the ASX, with one completing its IPO nearly three years after it first announced listing plans and the other completing an RTO in a relatively efficient five months.

Watco buys WA freight business

US-based transport group Watco Companies is seeking further acquisitions and growth opportunities in Western Australia, after buying a majority shareholding in Intermodal Group and winning a contra

Ian Fletcher to oversee Exmouth

The state government has suspended the Shire of Exmouth for six months following an investigation and public hearing by the Corruption and Crime Commission.

Gull NZ, Golden Grove deals cap off 2016

The last 10 days of 2016 were a busy period for WA corporate deals, with the Rae family attracting a bumper price for its Gull New Zealand business, Chinese group MMG selling the Golden Grove mine, Diploma Group going into receivership and seven new listings on the ASX.

Workzone attracts more tenants

Training provider Open Colleges has joined Bethanie, NBN Company and Vocus Communications in signing up this year for space at Workzone Building A, which is now fully leased.

Diverseco adds robotics arm

From a modest industrial building in Willetton, newly rebadged investment company Diverseco has built a substantial national business through a series of targeted acquisitions.

Web site targets business licences

The state government is targeting transport and occupational licences as the first comprehensive set of services to be offered through a new web site that it hopes will eventually become a single portal for accessing all services.

Grylls puts himself in play

SPECIAL REPORT: Many politicians, including senior government ministers, go through their careers as ‘grey’ men or women, barely getting noticed and having little impact; the same could never be said of Brendon Grylls.

ACCC opposes WA Fifo alliance

The competition watchdog said today it planned to deny authorisation to a proposed partnership between Virgin Australia Holdings and Alliance Aviation Services because it would lessen competition in the West Australian market.

Power leads Fortescue revival

SPECIAL REPORT: The 2016 Business News person of the year talks about his upbringing, influences, company culture, cost cutting and innovation.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Mark Beyer and Dan Wilkie discuss residential property outlook, Monadelphous and Civmec diversify, Nev Power, Adrian Fini and Brendon Grylls are our people of the yea

Maca buys Interquip stake

Mining and civil contractor MACA has diversified through the purchase of a 60 per cent stake in Maddington-based Interquip for $8 million.

Emeco wins creditor backing

Two days after some of Emeco Holdings’ large creditors blocked a major restructuring, they have reversed their stance after being given an opportunity to acquire more equity in the group.

Bhagwan wins Qld contract

Bhagwan Marine has been awarded a contract to supply marine vessels and crew to support construction on Rio Tinto’s Amrun bauxite project in north Queensland.

Creditors block Emeco deal

The planned three-way merger between Perth-based Emeco Holdings and east coast companies Orionstone and Andy’s Earthmovers will not proceed as planned after the deal failed to win sufficient backing from creditors.

Minister rejects uranium miner's appeal

In a rare move for the pro-mining Barnett government, environment minister Albert Jacob has sided with the Environmental Protection Authority and rejected appeals by Canadian company Cameco over its proposed Yeelirrie uranium mine in the Goldfields.

Paladin raises $5.1m from asset sales

Paladin Energy has offloaded its entire shareholding in Deep Yellow, taking advantage of a share price spike after the uranium miner’s former managing director John Borshoff joined the junior explorer.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss Asian property investment, Diploma group’s battles, Liberal party moves, John Gillam and who are WA’s biggest employers?

Migme flags major review

Loss-making digital media company migme has flagged a wide-ranging review encompassing its board, management and capital strategy after announcing the terms of a new convertible note issue.

Construction starts on $90m Cirque apartments

Developer Stirling Capital and construction partner Jaxon have started work on a 19-level apartment project at Canning Bridge that has set new standards for environmental management.

Families seek opportunities with big partners

SPECIAL REPORT: Private sales during the past year have reduced the already small number of long-running family businesses in WA.

Compu-stor moves with the times

SPECIAL REPORT: The Manford family brings four generations of commercial experience to its growing Compu-stor business.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss Western Power sale, house prices, innovative homes and WA’s business dynasties. 

Gadens offices join global firm

Law firm Gadens will trade as Dentons in Perth, Sydney and Port Moresby from this month, but other offices in Gadens’ Australian network are sticking with their established brand.

Crawford, Rezos stir proxy debate

The chairmen of Perth companies South32 and Alexium International Group have singled out global firm Institutional Shareholder Services for criticism amid ongoing debate over the role of proxy advisers.

Western Power float to raise $3bn

The Barnett government is hoping to raise $3 billion by selling 51 per cent of Western Power to Australian investors, and will also use the privatisation deal to remove about $8 billion of debt off the state’s books.

Wellard shareholders vent displeasure

Shareholders in agribusiness Wellard have strongly rejected four resolutions at the company's annual meeting, though their anger over the company's poor performance was not enough for the nominee of a dissident shareholder to get elected to the board.

Market moves dictate directors’ sales drive

SPECIAL REPORT: Some of WA’s top company directors have achieved extraordinary gains in their wealth over the past year, and while most held onto their shares, a group of 11 reaped more than $180 million from share sales.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss South Perth apartments, Centurion and MacAleese, defence, wealth creators in WA.

Mischin criticises Feds over Bell action

Attorney General Michael Mischin said today he was disappointed at the federal government’s role in overturning state legislation designed to settle the long-running Bell Group dispute, as the amount of litigation around the matter once again escalates.   

Infosys targets WA growth

Global IT company Infosys is planning to recruit 100 people in Western Australia over the coming year after selecting Perth for its newest office.



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.