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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. 

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.

Gaines for women at the top

Elizabeth Gaines’ selection last week as the incoming chief executive of Fortescue Metals Group has shot her to the top of a very short list of genuinely powerful women in business in Western Australia. Click through to read more and see our listing of 12 leading WA women in business.

Mark my words podcast

PODCAST: In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss FMG’s new leadership, the iron ore market, Craig Mostyn’s acquisition, WA's boom/bust economy, Fiona Wood, Rod Jones and the state’s wealth creators.

Court backs Habitat 1 claims

The fate of once-thriving Perth business Habitat 1 provides salutary lessons for investors and company directors, especially those who have signed non-compete agreements.

Sadleirs chief investing for growth

Two years into his job as Sadleirs Logistics chief executive, Ian Kent is preparing the family owned business for increased national growth after overseeing major changes to its local operations.

The banker, the marketer and the watchmaker

Perth watch brand Haigh & Hastings has been revived nearly a year after the business was placed in administration, with founder Matt Sears gaining backing from two investors who share his passion.

Boom-bust economy a myth: report

A new report has challenged the accepted wisdom that Western Australia has a boom-bust economy that rises and falls on the back of the resources sector.

ECU secures state innovation grant

Edith Cowan University is the first beneficiary of the state government’s much-touted innovation strategy, with $800,000 earmarked for a cyber security hub at Joondalup.

Firstmac will not extend Goldfields Money offer

Brisbane-based Firstmac Holdings said today it would not extend its cash takeover offer for Goldfields Money, which has recommended shareholders support an alternative scrip-based merger with mortgage aggregator Finsure.

Citic assessing options after Palmer awarded $US149m

Chinese group CITIC is evaluating its options after the Supreme Court ruled on Friday that it owed Clive Palmer nearly $US150 million in royalties on its Sino Iron project in the Pilbara.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss shipbuilding, Landcorp/MRA merger, Margaret River Gourmet Escape, AHG, Sirona Capital and WA dynasties.

Westpac expands business banking arm

Westpac Bank has absorbed the Western Australian business banking operations of its wholly-owned subsidiary St George Bank, adding to a string of changes in the sector.

Austal, Civmec positive on $4bn naval build

Perth companies Austal and Civmec are looking forward to working on the construction of 10 navy vessels at Henderson but the amount and type of work they will undertake is unclear after the federal government selected Germany's Luerssen as its preferred designer and builder.

Monadelphous tips 30% growth

Engineering and construction contractor Monadelphous Group has painted a positive outlook after tough trading conditions in recent years, with the company tipping strong revenue growth in the current financial year.

New gold levy plan immediately condemned

Treasurer Ben Wyatt has announced details of a new gold royalty increase that is budgeted to raise $332 million over four years while seeking to address the industry concerns that killed off his previous proposal, but the new plan has failed to win support.

Stargroup goes into receivership

ATM operator Stargroup has been placed in the hands of insolvency firm KordaMentha after the loss-making company was unable to complete a restructure of its $9.1 million debt.

CEO incomes on the rise

SPECIAL REPORT FOR SUBSCRIBERS ONLY: The annual Business News remuneration survey has data and in-depth analysis on hundreds of WA company directors and executives. We identify the top earners, including the people who qualified for large bonuses and equity incentives, in some cases year after year. The survey also reveals a big jump in the number of WA people who earned incomes of $1 million or more last financial year.

Sodexo expands in slow market

Sodexo’s acquisition of Morris Corporation has pushed it up the ranking of big facilities management companies in Western Australia at a time when its competitors have been battling with the slowdown in large projects in the Pilbara.

Sharequity targets smaller raisings

A new capital markets platform that has backers from accounting firm BDO, law firm Steinepreis Paganin, and property group CrowdfundUP plans to target both traditional capital raising deals and the new field of equity crowdfunding.

Halom takes MMA to panel

Halom Investments has asked the Takeovers Panel to revise MMA Offshore’s planned $97 million capital raising, claiming the deal is designed to entrench the control held by the incumbent board.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss Brownes acquisition and Chinese investment, Richard Goyder, Shell exits Woodside, Stockland’s land purchase spree, domgas deal, waste to energy, and CEO remuneration.

mWave generates interest in Bombora

Perth company Bombora Wave Power will proceed with construction of its first commercial sized mWave device after securing multi-million dollar backing from international renewable energy consultancy Enzen.

New Energy, Phoenix engineer ways forward on waste

Two companies pursuing ambitious waste-to-energy projects in WA remain positive despite hitting problems with their original engineering partners.

Cautious optimism on civil construction

Civil infrastructure work in WA is expected to stabilise at around $6.5 billion a year, underpinning renewed optimism in the sector, the Civil Contractors Federation WA has found.

Equus deal targets domgas supplies

A newly established company led by a group of Perth oil and gas executives aims to become a major supplier to the domestic gas market after buying the offshore Equus gas fields from US company Hess Corporation.

IMF to bankroll Santanol fight

The private investors in sandalwood business Santanol Group, led by Tony Jack and Bob Bunning, have gained backing from litigation funder IMF Bentham for their fight against private equity group KKR.

$15m for Smart Cities projects

Six projects designed to make Perth a smarter city were launched yesterday, and they comprise a very eclectic collection, from a driverless electric bus in South Perth to management of wetlands in Joondalup.

Mark my words podcast

In this Business News podcast Mark Beyer and Mark Pownall discuss stock market hits highs, renewables privatisation, Perth Stadium, Historic Heart, Perth Festival, and junior miners.

Govt to privatise renewables

Synergy intends to develop up to 280 megawatts of renewable energy projects in WA by 2020 after the McGowan government approved plans for a private investor to acquire a majority stake in its existing wind farm and solar farm and in two new projects.

Civmec reports $3.5m profit

Engineering and construction contractor Civmec, which plans to list on the Australian Securities Exchange, has reported a quarterly net profit of $S3.7 million ($A3.5 million) and modest growth in its order book.

Change-agent Green embraces new gig

Jemma Green notched up two big achievements last month. Her company, Power Ledger, raised $34 million in Australia’s first ever ‘initial coin offering’, and she was elected deputy lord mayor of the City of Perth.

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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.