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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. 

Company founder hit by injunction

Interior design firm Habitat1 has secured a Supreme Court injunction against its founder, Christian Formby, after he sought to transfer its domain name to a new company and set up a business called Habitat Interiors.

NFP board pay divides sector

Not-for-profit aged care provider Bethanie has set a high benchmark for board remuneration in a sector where many of its peers do not pay any fees to board members.

Pay trimmed for new CEOs

SPECIAL REPORT: The median base pay of newly appointed chief executives at listed Perth companies fell this year to $295,000, a survey by Business News has found.

Coleman, Power vie for highest-paid title

SPECIAL REPORT: The detailed reporting of remuneration by listed companies means it should be easy to determine the state’s best-paid chief executive, but the reality is more complicated.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Mark Beyer and Dan Wilkie discuss Collier Homes, Rottnest Express, Sealanes, Diab Engineering, office leasing deals, and chief executive salaries.

Perry brings interim solution

Experienced business manager and director Ken Perry is bringing a new venture to the Perth market, after becoming a director of Executive Interim Management.

AHG has tough start to year

Automotive Holdings Group has reassured shareholders that its troubled refrigerated logistics business is on the mend, after releasing a trading update that showed lower profits.

Quadrant makes two WA acquisitions

A national tourism business backed by Quadrant Private Equity has acquired Rottnest Express, one week after a food services business also backed by Quadrant announced plans to buy family-owned Sealanes.

Macmahon adds to CEO salary cuts

Macmahon Holdings has unveiled the remuneration package for new chief executive Michael Finnegan, adding to a trend in the contracting sector for lower base salaries but greater potential for bonuses.

Web conference coming to Perth

The organisers of Perth’s inaugural Festival of the Web, which will incorporate the International World Wide Web conference, hope to attract 3,000 delegates to the Western Australian capital next April.

AGL to enter WA gas market

AGL Energy is set to take on Alinta Energy and Wesfarmers' subsidiary Kleenheat in Western Australia’s retail gas market, with the company targeting 100,000 customers within two years.

OTOC flags drop in work

Diversified surveying and contracting group OTOC said today there had been a reduction in the volume of work available for its infrastructure division at the immigration detention centre on Nauru, with the slowdown expected to hit divisional earnings.

Stag oil field sold for $US10m

Singapore-based Mitra Energy has completed the $US10 million ($A13.3 million) purchase of the Stag oil field off the Pilbara coast, but is still awaiting regulatory approval to take over as operator.  

Integration key for Airstream

Bibra Lake company Airstream has started rolling out a series of wireless control systems for home lighting, reticulation and security as it seeks to stay ahead of competitors in the home automation market.

Tech sector wants strategy clarity

The government’s failure to explain some fundamental details of its innovation plan has raised questions.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Mark Pownall, Mark Beyer and Dan Wilkie discuss innovation strategy, Wheatstone, Pilbara mining, Sam Walsh and commercial property.

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.

Living the best of both worlds

In May 2015, mining executive Julie Shuttleworth had to deal with two major developments in her life. She had just started as general manager of Fortescue Metals Group’s Solomon mine when she found she was pregnant with her first child.

Innovation strategy maps out spending plan

A co-funding program with angel investors and a commercialisation fund for Western Australia’s universities are the ‘big ticket’ items in the state government’s $20 million innovation strategy, released last night.

Arise Racing’s Radical drive

Perth property developer Adam Lisle has long had a keen interest in motor racing, but it was a visit to a country club outside Las Vegas set up especially for motor sport that steered him down the path to his new business venture.

Chevron discloses Wheatstone cost blowout

Chevron has blamed problems at one of its overseas suppliers and inadequate planning for a $US5 billion ($A6.6 billion) blowout in the cost of its Wheatstone liquefied natural gas (LNG) project.

Waste plant fails after $165m technology investment

An ambitious waste recycling project using technology developed by ASX-listed AnaeCo and jointly built by contactor Monadelphous Group has gone into administration.

Ai Group opens Perth office

Western Australia’s peak business group is facing competition for members after the Australian Industry Group established a Perth office, shortly after ending a commercial alliance with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA.

Cleartech taps recycling opportunity

Waste management companies in Perth are enjoying more demand for their services, but face continuing challenges finding markets.

Patersons wins Alinta gig

Perth-based broking firm Patersons Securities is understood to have won a spot on the panel of retail brokers that will support the $2 billion initial public offering of Alinta Energy.

WA lags nation on recycling: report

The state government has failed to hit any of the targets in its own waste management strategy, and part of the reason is a lack of coordination among its two key agencies, a review by the auditor general has found.

Court ruling exposes developer rift

The co-founders of a successful property developer are mired in a legal dispute after plans to buy out key executive Danne Forte were halted when other directors questioned his financial projections.

Curtin spin-out ePAT to list

Curtin University is set to benefit from the listing today of ePAT Technologies, which adds to a steady flow of tech companies that have attracted support from investors over the past six months.

Telcos jockey to ride the NBN

SPECIAL REPORT: The national broadband network is throwing up unexpected competitive challenges for players in the communications sector.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast, Mark Beyer and Dan Wilkie discuss the Roe 8 project, house prices, DAPs, private infrastructure, Tony Grist and the telco sector.

Euroz tops $1bn in funds

Euroz has reported a bumper first-quarter profit of $9.75 million, driven by strong growth in capital raising deals and good performances by its funds management businesses.

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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.