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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 overseing 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. 

Appbot embraces AI for new service

Perth tech startup Appbot, which counts 35 per cent of the world’s top charting app developers as customers, has turned to artificial intelligence to develop a new service that helps organisations manage large volumes of feedback.

Westport planning continues long port saga

With public consultation on the state government’s Westport project starting this month, we look back at more than 20 years of planning for an outer harbour at Kwinana.

BDO backs Atlas takeover

Hancock Prospecting’s $390 million takeover bid for struggling iron ore miner Atlas Iron has been endorsed by independent expert BDO, which found the pricing was fair and reasonable.

Growth in alternative financing

SPECIAL REPORT: Private equity groups and credit funds are delivering a diverse range of financing options for mining projects.

New corporate advisory players lift market share

SPECIAL REPORT: Western Australian companies were involved in 235 corporate finance deals worth $6.9 billion in the June quarter, with new advisory firms playing an increasing role, research by Business News has found.

Sternship making its mark

SPECIAL REPORT: A new corporate advisory firm working from a historic building in West Perth has rapidly made an impact, advising on more than a dozen transactions for public and private companies.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Matt Mckenzie discuss closures in the hospitality sector, growth in the Pilbara, residential property, the outlook for oil and energy markets, and our quarterly corporate finance review dissects 235 WA deals worth $7 billion.

CERI gains growth funding

The Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation in Nedlands recorded two notable achievements last week, winning a state government grant and graduating its second cohort of budding entrepreneurs.

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PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss GST changes, house prices, contract news, Mining technology, airfares, and total shareholder returns.

$16.5m for small business advisers

Accounting firm RSM and Bunbury-based consultancy IPS have won the lion’s share of work under a new round of state government contracts to deliver the Business Local support program across regional Western Australia.

Indigenous contractors deliver through diversity

SPECIAL REPORT: An emerging indigenous contractor has called for a strategic rethink of the sector after a tumultuous year.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss defence contracts, Scarborough high rise, Landgate and TAB privatisation, Atlas Iron, 2018's RIsing Stars, and our special report on Indigenous business.

Prospector wins appeal against minister

A three-year battle over an exploration licence in the northern Goldfields has resulted in a win for prospector Andrew Paterson, who appealed against a ruling by the former mines and petroleum minister in favour of listed company Connected IO.

West Pilbara corp boosts commercial offering

SPECIAL REPORT: Buurabalayji Thalanyji Aboriginal Corporation is a registered native title body that has evolved rapidly in recent years to have growing commercial operations supported by strong governance and financial practices.

GRA repositions after 10 years

Perth lobbying firm GRA Everingham has announced a new name along with a broadening of its services and an update to its ownership.

Gamble bets on rural NSW venture

Restaurateur Kim Gamble is enjoying the country life in NSW after 30 years of running cafes and bars in Perth.

Miners, farmers could face higher input costs

The federal government has launched an inquiry into cheap imports of ammonium nitrate following an application by three local manufacturers, including Wesfarmers subsidiary CSBP and Orica.

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PODCAST: Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss Perth house price outlook, Atlas Iron takeover, BGC asset sale starts, WA job vacancies, population growth and an interview with the CEO of HBF.

Westpoint saga continues in courts

In the latest article in our 25-year anniversary series, we look at the 2006 collapse of Norm Carey’s Westpoint group and the continuing legal battles.

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PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss BHP’s new iron ore mine, plus more good news on lithium and nickel, the battle over Atlas Iron and shipping rights at Port Hedland, Perth house prices – which suburbs have delivered the best long-term returns, and our special report on infrastructure.

Atlas loses port development rights

Atlas Iron has disclosed it no longer holds exclusive port development rights at Port Hedland that were central to the takeover battle that has involved three mining heavyweights buying shares in the company.

Northam lifestyle village latest regional project

Property developers Mike Hollett and Chris Harrison have gained backing from Wyllie Group for a 250-lot lifestyle village in Northam, adding to a string of projects collectively worth about $200 million in the shire.

Gina Rinehart joins Atlas fray

Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting has acquired a 19.6 per cent shareholding in takeover target Atlas Iron, joining Mineral Resources and Fortescue Metals Group in the battle for control of the mid-cap iron ore miner.

NPJV wins Maca contract

A joint venture between indigenous group Njamal Services and Pilbara Resource Group has added to its work book as a sub-contractor to MACA on a major lithium project.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: Mark Beyer, Matt Mckenzie, and Katie McDonald discuss the latest economic growth data, three intriguing takeover prospects (Atlas Iron, HBF, BGC), stockmarket floats, including Primero group, agricultural projects in WA's north, the continuing debate over fly-in-fly-out, and our special report on Perth apartment projects.

Waste JV wins Rio contract

A joint venture established by global waste management company Veolia and indigenous partner Our Country has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract covering Rio Tinto’s entire Pilbara iron ore operations.

BGC sale a unique opportunity

BGC’s vertically integrated structure is unlike any other business in Australia and will narrow the field of potential buyers.

Govt backs controversial Fifo camp

The state government has backed plans for a 700-bed workers camp at Karratha, despite opposition from the local community, after Woodside Petroleum launched a website that is meant to boost local employment on future gas projects.

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PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss FMG expansion, Quintis, Cooper & Oxley, defence contracts, Immersive Technologies, and our special report on distilleries and breweries.

Primero prepares for ASX listing

Perth-based engineering firm Primero Group has appointed company director Mark Connelly as chairman and broking firm Cannacord Genuity as lead manager as its finalises plans for an initial public offering.

Immersive charts new markets after 25 years

Mining-focused technology company Immersive Technologies has the rare distinction of becoming a global leader while retaining local ownership and control.

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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.

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.