UNCERTAINTY surrounds the future of the Maplin electronics store in Taunton after the company went into administration.

Maplin, which has more than 200 stores and 2,300 staff, is continuing to trade as it seeks a buyer.

The firm has a store in County Walk, Taunton.

Boss Graham Harris said the company had found it impossible to raise capital.

He said: "We believe passionately that Maplin has a place on the high street and that our trust, credibility and expertise meets a customer need that is not supported elsewhere."

Maplin is working with PwC "to achieve the best possible outcome for all of our colleagues and stakeholders", Mr Harris said.

PwC said it would "explore all opportunities to find a new owner".

Stores will open as normal during this time, and there are no plans to close shops or make redundancies at the moment, PwC said.

Any outstanding customer orders will be delivered, while gift cards will continue to be accepted in stores for the present.

Zelf Hussain, joint administrator and PwC partner, said: "The challenging conditions in the UK retail sector are well documented.

"Like many other retailers, Maplin has been hit hard by a slowdown in consumer spending and more expensive imports as the pound has weakened.

"Staff have been paid their February wages and will continue to be paid for future work while the company is in administration."