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How to make a like search in multiple tables

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Hi guys

im a little stuck here and hope someone can help me, im trying to make a LIKE query that look in multiple tables to find some data. Here is the tricky part, even though i want to look in different tables, i only want data from the tables that actually have some data that compares to what the user search for.

I have made this query

                  ParentCompanyNames.CompanyName as ParentCompanyName,
            LEFT JOIN ParentCompanyNames ON Customers.CustomerId=ParentCompanyNames.CustomerId
            LEFT JOIN CustomerAssociates ON Customers.CustomerId=CustomerAssociates.CustomerId
            LEFT JOIN PMBNumbers ON Customers.CustomerId=PMBNumbers.CustomerId
            LEFT JOIN BoxNumbers ON Customers.CustomerId=BoxNumbers.CustomerId
            LEFT JOIN CustomerHandling ON Customers.CustomerId=CustomerHandling.CustomerId
                  Customers.BusinessCenterId = 4
                  AND (Customers.CompanyName like '%test%' OR ParentCompanyNames.CompanyName like '%test%' OR CustomerAssociates.Name like '%test%')
            ORDER BY

But ofcourse this will return rows from all the tables if there is data in them, how do i get around that? Hope you can understand what i mean. Thank you
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