Thanks To try and create the space I have done as you suggested and have added some cell padding within the table. I then shifted the contents of the cell to the left or right to create the appearance of space between the table and the text outside the table.
I had thought that perhaps I could have achieved the above via the properties inspector along the samw lines as when you insert an image into a page and adjust the H and V settings.
My site is still in the development stage so I can't point you to a link yet. Cheers Billy