Not sure if this is what you are after but have you tried by modifying your search.php file on your theme to something like this:
<?php $customers = get_posts(array( 'post_type' => 'customers', 'posts_per_page' => -1, 'nopaging' => true, 'meta_query' => array( array( 'key' => 'business_type', 'value' => '"' . get_search_query() . '"', 'compare' => 'LIKE' ) ) )); ?> <?php /* Loop into the customers array and display the results */ ?> <?php foreach($customers as $customer_post) : ?> <?php /* Show your results */ ?> <?php setup_postdata($customer_post); ?> <?php endforeach; ?> <?php /* Keep standard search loop for any other posts */ ?> <?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?> <?php /* Here remains the rest of the original search.php */ ?> <?php endwhile; ?>
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