Lancashire brewer Daniel Thwaites has announced a series of operating changes designed to increase the company's business performance on the national stage. It includes the creation of three new positions marketing brands manager and two business development managers. Another key appointment sees Ken Lupton, formerly with Jennings, move in as retail operations manager in the managed house division. Music backers A cross-party committee of MPs and Peers has claimed the Licensing Bill inhibits the human rights of live performers by infringing their freedom of expression. The committee claimed the necessity for pubs to get a licence, under the Licensing Bill, for all live performances, regardless of the size of the audience, was heavy-handed and was "incompatible" with the European Convention on Human Rights. Flush promoted Greene King Pub Company has announced the promotion of Ian Flush to operations director of its 140-strong Real Pubs division. Flush joined Greene King Pub Company in 1999, having formerly worked in pub restaurant management for 17 years. Italian link Interbrew is rumoured to be considering a bid for a 40% stake in Peroni, the Italian brewer. Carlsberg and Heineken have also been linked to a possible bid for Peroni, although Interbrew is understood to be the front- runner. The speculation has been aided by Interbrew's decision last week to end its licensing and distribution agreement in Italy with Heineken Italian. Export deal Marston's Pedigree has launched into the Italian beer market after a new export deal between Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries and leading German brewer Krombacker Pils. W&DB will have access to the 220,000 UK barrel trade consumed in Italy. The company said it was hoping to profit from the Italians' admiration of the British pub trade and beer.